Tufu, Ace S.
Thank you, Dr. Kearns.
President Wright, Members of the Board of Trustees, Faculty, Graduates, Families, Friends and special guests.
Aloha, Talofa, and Good evening.
It is with great honor to be selected as the valedictory speaker representing our military campuses. I am humbled, and hope that you see it fitting that a veteran of thirty years, be given this tremendous and rare opportunity.
This is one of those times that we can say with absolute truth that without the tremendous abilities, commitment and flexibility of the faculty of HPU, perhaps we might not have met the unique educational challenges of our diverse cultural backgrounds. We will always be thankful for your quality training. I am convinced that your true desire perhaps are best reflected by the profound and true adage by Lao Tzu; “Give a man a fish you feed him for a day, teach him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” There is no doubt; we now have the confidence to confront a lifetime full of tough challenges. We are grateful to know you as our professors.
We all came to HPU with minds full of mush and now leaving thinking like a HPU graduate. I say a HPU graduate, because HPU is unique with its strategy that incorporates cultural diversity. It’s this unique knowledge that makes us different and therefore, uniquely HPU graduates. I challenge you now to apply this new knowledge repeatedly in your own lives such that it becomes a habit. Good habits breed excellence.
Each of us is the product of our up-bringing. Our cultures are different, our languages are different, and our experiences are different. Independent of such diversity, we had the intellect, mind and sprit to ignore weaknesses, but capture the true opportunities that reflected the highest level of learning. The future stands for us all. Our best days are ahead of us. Let’s honor our families, friends and our God by what we achieved here today.
Every structure requires a foundation. Without a foundation, collapse is inevitable. I thank your families and friends that make up your foundation….your support system. Without their support, we all, most certainly may not be here. We will always be thankful for their love and support. Thank You.
I thank my wife Loto, and my children. My mothers… for their prayers. Brothers and sisters in Samoa and the mainland, particularly Jubilee who traveled thousands of miles to be here. I thank all my nieces and nephews, my ministers, and pastors, members of our church. I thank all friends and relatives who are too numerous to mentioned. I am grateful for your prayers, love and support.
Enjoy your success, and please be safe. God Bless and thank you.