Grand­mother grad­u­ates with an MBA de­gree

Fiji Sun - - Nation - ARISHMA DEVI-NARAYAN arishma.narayan@fi­jisun.

Fifty-five-year-old Martha Fa­ti­aki had an in­spir­ing story to share with her fel­low grad­u­ates from the Uni­ver­sity of the South Pa­cific yes­ter­day at the Gir­mit Cen­tre in Lautoka. At an age when most peo­ple con­sid­ered re­tire­ment, the happy mother of four sons and the grand­mother of five yes­ter­day grad­u­ated with a Mas­ter of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion (MBA). While giv­ing her tes­ti­mony of suc­cess be­fore 92 fel­low grad­u­ates, Mrs Fa­ti­aki said: “So I am a grand­mother who is about to re­tire, but I make no apolo­gies for pur­su­ing an MBA. I am a liv­ing proof that learn­ing has no age lim­its.

“Grad­u­a­tion is a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone and a personal achieve­ment in our lives. No mat­ter how old each one of us are, we’ll re­mem­ber this day clearly.

“Let me tell you all to­day, not to judge us by our age or out­ward ap­pear­ances be­cause all of us grad­u­ates are young in mind and spirit.” She thanked her pro­fes­sors for recog­nis­ing the po­ten­tial and ad­mit­ting her as a ma­ture stu­dent. Ms Fa­ti­aki’s grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony was also wit­nessed by her hus­band and son. She said there was no end to ed­u­ca­tion and she had more to come in her ca­reer and life. Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

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