FINANCE Minister James Marape and wife Rachael had two reasons to celebrate last Friday – both graduated with their respective degrees from the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG).
Marape received a masters degree from the School of Business Administration. His wife graduated with a degree in business administration.
They were among more than 60 who graduated in medicine, business and science.
William Kaptigau received a doctorate.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Albert Mellam said it was the first time for UPNG to graduate someone serving as a Cabinet minister.
Marape thanked the university for the opportunity to complete his masters.
“The first time I wore my wig, I was only a boy from Tari.
“Now I am wearing a wig as a chief from Tari,” he said.
“And that is a classic statement of how the UPNG continues to shape a girl into a woman, a boy into a man and for the last 58 graduation ceremonies, many women and men have been produced to the cause of developing this country.”
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