Universities stage activities to honour Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare


February 28, 2021 - 616 views

Students from the University of Papua New Guinea joined Active City Development program’s Walk for life this morning to honour the Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare.

It was a silent walk with members of the Active City Development and NCD Governor Powes Parkop.

The walk was to celebrate the life of the man who was the central figure in getting Independence for PNG.

In Lae, students from East and West Sepik Association together with the University of Technology community walked together to show their sorrow.

East Sepik Students Association President Douglas Kasi, described the walk as an emotional one.

“We came together this morning purposely to show our respect and sorrow. I believe, that walk of sorrow was very emotional to many of us. Some shed tears because we lose our hero, champ and the founder of our beautiful PNG.”

Up north, Divine Word University will be hosting a candle light vigil followed by a thanksgiving mass on Monday in his honour.

University President Fr. Phil Gibbs described the late Grand Chief as a great friend and supporter of DWU.

“The late Sir Michael was a friend and great supporter of DWU. The Student Services Building at DWU in Madang is named after him.”

The University’s Facebook page today is flooded with pictures from the archives of his many visits to the Madang campus.

The University also postponed its initial graduation date of 12th March to the 19th to avoid clashing with the Government declared public holiday as the country mourns for its Chief.

Pictures by DWU, PNG Sun and Douglas Kasi

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