The 48th graduation ceremony

The 48th Graduation Ceremony of the PNG University of Technology was held on Friday 1st April, 2016. A total of approximately 780 students graduated this year.It was the largest graduation of postgraduate students in the country ever with 1 PhD student, 27 Masters students and 1 PG diploma.

The graduation 2016 was made successful by many including Academic & Students Admin, Printing, Transport, Estates & Building, Electrical, Cleaning & Grounds, Accounts, CTF, Academic Departments, Registry, SEMT and VC’s Office.

GRADUATION THEME

The theme for the 48th Graduation Ceremony was “PRODUCING LEADERSHIP FOR PUBLIC INTEREST AND LONG TERM DEVELOPMENT”.

GUESTS OF HONOR

The Guests of Honour for the Graduation are Dame Meg Taylor DBE; Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and Dr Benedict Yaru, PhD who presided as Guest Speaker.

GRADUATION CEREMONY PROGRAM

Since space in the Main Arena is limited, sitting arrangement is reserved for Graduands, Guests and Participants only. Graduands are limited to invite only two guests. Their entry was by Guest Card ONLY.

Briefly, the Program was as follows:

  • 7:00 – 8:00am: Graduates on campus and assembled at the Duncanson Hall for briefing
  • 9:00 – 9:30am: Arrival of Guests
  • 9:30am: Graduation procession began. Graduating students moved into the Graduation Arena followed by Academic Staff, Guests of Honor, and Council Members.
  • 10:00am: Program began in the Main arena
  • 1:30pm: Program Ended.

CORE VALUES

Through the 48th Graduation, PNG University of Technology promoted its core values to be reflected both by the Graduands as well as students and staff:

  • High Ethical Standards – To be accountable and have integrity in what we do.
  • Professionalism – To be efficient, effective, network, teamwork and hard work.
  • Excellence–To display continuous improvement.
  • Innovation and Initiative –To be proactive and self-directed.
  • Pride & Passion –To uphold these values and defend Unitech’s reputation.

LIVE TELECAST OF 48TH GRADUATION

There was a live Telecast at Duncanson Hall for the public and some guest. The Public were encouraged to view the live telecast at the Duncanson Hall to avoid over-crowding at the main graduation arena.

SALE OF FOOD, DRINKS & OTHER ITEMS

Apart from licensed vendors on campus, sale of food, drinks or other items by any other persons was not permitted anywhere on or near the perimeter of the campus on the day of Graduation.

ZERO TOLERANCE ON DRUG & ALCOHOL ABUSE

The Unitech campus is protected by a Zero Tolerance Policy on drug and alcohol abuse. Everyone was requested to observe it to ensure a peaceful Graduation Day. Unitech Security was on full alert to ensure this instruction is not violated.The Graduating Students were under the influence of alcohol / drugs were not be allowed to graduate or attend the graduation in person.

DISASTER MANAGEMENT TASKFORCE

Everyonewas adviced to remain in security and safety conscious during this time. This applied to academic buildings, offices, student halls of residences and staff residential areas. In the event of any emergencies in relations to brawls, fire, or health issues, Disaster Management Team could  473 4444 (Emergency), 473 4299 (Main Gate), 473 4479 (Unitech Police). Security did a wonderful job too in keeping order around the campus. First Aid Boot managed by Third Year Nursing students was located behind the Main Graduation Stand.Thanks to the Nursing students and Mr MacNell and Mr Moya who had their students around in case of emergencies. This included our Campus Medical Team (Dr Das and his hard working Unitech team).

GOWN COLLECTION

Issuing of gowns commenced were organised from 19th to Thursday 24th March at the Rose Kekedo Foyer Rooms 1 & 2. During this time, a Graduate Survey Form was distributed.

Following were the Gown Hire Charges:

  • Higher Degree K600 (Returned Gowns were reimbursed for K500)
  • Undergraduate Degree K300 (Returned Gowns were reimbursed for K200)
  • If a Graduand decides to keep the gown, the cost was forfeited.
  • Payments was made at Cashiers Office or paid to the University Account no. 1000386580

Return of gowns was done at the Student Admissions Office on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th April 2016.

PHOTO SESSIONS

First Female Doctor of Philosophy

Taking photos during the graduation proceedings inside the Graduation Arena was Restricted to Authorised Personnel Only. Families, friends and guests were requested to take note of this restriction to allow smooth flow of the proceedings.

Formal Graduation Photo sessions was conducted at 2pm after graduation at the Central Teaching Facilities (CTF). Individual graduand was taken by CTF staff.

ACADEMIC STAFF GOWNS

Heads of Academic Departments who officiated at the Graduation collected their HOD Gowns from the Rose Kekedo Foyer Rooms 1 & 2 on Tuesday 29th March, 2016. Academic Staff  was fully attired in their gown, while the general staff and student population decently attired during the graduation ceremony.

USE OF DUNCANSON & ROSE KEKEDO LECTURE HALL

Duncanson and Rose Kekedo Lecture Halls was banned for use by Student Groups for Functions during the week of Graduation as it was reserved for Graduation preparations.

CAR PARK & ENTRY / EXIT GATES

The Admin Car Park was reserved ONLY for Guests during the Occasion. The public was asked to park their vehicles on the field opposite the DODL office. To avoid traffic jam, the Main Gate was used for ENTRY and Second Gate opposite DODL used for EXIT of Vehicles Only. The General Public were restricted from using that Gate.Thanks to Mr B. Jufuri and the Campus Policemen to get there and assist at the exit gate.

GENERAL CLEANLINESS & PROFESSIONALISM

Respective departments and sections  maintained cleanliness on campus.Parents, families, relatives guests who attended where going around the campus with ease and purpose. All the students were well behaved during the day. A commendation to all in general for showing maturity here on campus. A thank you to the student groups who helped with the cleaning and transporting of chairs from and returning to respective departments .Overall the Committee has made the best of the opportunity to present the 48th Graduation Ceremony.