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Graduate thankful for bonds formed at OPAIC

21 August, 2023
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Kashmira Vikas More spoke about the value of friendship during her graduation address last week.

Kashmira studied our Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Management online during the pandemic then came to New Zealand in 2022 for the Master of Applied Management. She graduated with her master’s degree on Friday and gave the graduation address on behalf of OPAIC graduates.

“As we move on to the next phase of our lives, the hustle and bustle of new challenges, career aspirations, adult responsibilities, let us remember to nurture and cherish the bonds that we have formed here,” said Kashmira.

Friends she had made at OPAIC had taught her some of life’s most valuable lessons.

“They have encouraged us to celebrate diversity, embrace different perspectives, and grow into the openminded individuals we are today.”

Friends were also a reminder that nobody was alone in their journey, she said.

Many students, including Kashmira, began their study journeys virtually from overseas while waiting for the borders to open. When they arrived on campus those bonds cultivated during online study transformed into a supportive family.

Kashmira told graduates they now stood on the verge of a thrilling future. Each graduate had a unique dream that lit the fire within them.

“I’m sure many of us would agree that it wasn’t simple at all to pack your entire life into a handful of suitcases, leave behind your home and family, and land here to pursue your dreams.”

But in doing so they had already proven they were brave enough to overcome any challenges.

“Nothing holds us back from making a difference by pursuing our dreams with unwavering determination,” said Kashmira.

Kashmira thanked lecturers, professional staff, friends, and families, for the role they had played in the success of graduates.

Professors had been mentors, guides, and beacons of knowledge. They ignited a passion for learning in their students.

“They have shown us that success is not just about achieving good grades. It is about the impact that we create and the lives that we touch,” she said.

“Thank you for your passion for teaching that has left an everlasting mark on our hearts and our minds.”