NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF LESOTHO

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2014/15 Graduation Speech by Lefu Thaele - Representative of Graduates

Our most esteemed administrators and teachers, dear parents, graduates, beloved friends, ladies and gentlemen, a pleasant morning to you. It is a great privilege for me to stand before you on behalf of the graduates to express the happiness that feel in our hearts today.Nelson Mandela once said, ‘’I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill  I find that there are many more hills to climb, I have to sit down, rest and steal the vista of the view surround me and look back the distance I have moved”.

Now that you have graduated, this is the beginning of another new life.  Graduation is the end of the end of the chapter and the beginning of another, you must get ready to embark on the next step which has challenges of its own. There are external forces out there and you must be prepared to fight them. Some of the challenges we face are nepotism, favouritism and patronage and the list is endless.

The university has equipped you with the entrepreneurial skills and most important thing to anyone graduating this year is to become the entrepreneur on his or her own life.  This is because the true definition of entrepreneurship has to do with the pursuit of opportunity, as opposed to a simple money business.The world is run by those who show up and not those who want to be asked. You must take the pledge and the pledge should be self- empowerment and self- employment and prepare to be a job creater.

As we walk into a wilder world today, let us not forget the responsibility that we carry both as members of the community and patriotic citizens of the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho and the global village.  The lessons we have learned in class will surely help us get through to the next stage. But we must remember what we got in class, everything we memorised are not the only weapons to help us win the war. We also have to retain things we learned from the academic and non- academic staff. Yet this is another thing worth memorising. We must learn to appreciate others, let us remember we cannot stand on our own, of course we do solve our own problems, oneness to our tests individually and go through our lives on our own, but we cannot deny the importance of people around us, our parents, lectures, administrators. Most especially God who made it possible to see through all challenges and gone out stronger and better.

To those who could not make it to the final destination this year, I want to wrap your wounds by quoting Oprah Winfrey’s words, “there is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction”.

Once again, congratulations 2014 class, we deserve to get one huge round of applause.

God bless you all.

 

Khotso Pula Nala