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By Melanie Vari-Turia

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 11, 2000 – The National)---The University of PNG's 45th Graduation is likely to be deferred from April 20 to May 5 because the students' final year reports are not ready.

The graduation committee has recommended the deferral because the date fell within the Easter Weekend and final assessments for the graduating students have yet to be completed.

According to university officials, the graduation committee had advised the administration office to defer the graduation to May 5 because they had yet to upgrade student records and complete calculations of grade-point averages for all students.

The results for the remedial term were also pending and graduation applications were still with the executive officers of the various faculties, sources said.

The deferral would also enable the committee to upgrade the University Drill Hall, the venue for the graduation, and work there has already started.

But Pro Vice Chancellor Dr. Thomas Wagner said the deferral was not yet official because the University Council had yet to meet and finalize the decision.

He said the graduation date of April 20 fell right before the Easter break and most council members would not be able to attend when the council met to deliberate on the various issues as well as the graduation, so the new date would accommodate this as well.

Dr. Wagner said they should complete processing student data from last year by the end of this week.

He said the venue for the graduation was chosen because it would accommodate a lot more people and it is estimated that preparations would cost the university K 15,000 - K 40,000 (US$ 5,699 – US$ 15,198).

He also said that it is hoped the appointment of a new Vice Chancellor would be discussed at the coming council meeting.

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