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American Samoa students graduate from off island Universities

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Sounds of cheers and sighs of relief that the pandemic is winding down are in the air as this year more schools are once again holding commencement exercises. Here are two with graduates from American Samoa.


Undergraduate and graduate degrees were conferred to more than 715 students who completed their studies at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska.

Sinalua Lago of Pago Pago, American Samoa, earned a M.Ed.

Filiga Tafaoa-Alatina of Pago Pago, American Samoa, earned a M.Ed.

Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Nebraska, which currently serves more than 2,500 students. Concordia offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit


Dixie State University in St. George, Utah celebrated the accomplishments of 2,273 degree candidates at the institution's 110th Commencement Ceremony this week.

During the ceremony, held on May 7 in Greater Zion Stadium on the DSU campus, the university honored its 2021 graduates, including 25 master's candidates, 1,212 baccalaureate candidates, 773 associate candidates and 263 certificate candidates.

Among those being honored among the 2021 graduating class is Osana Esekia, from American Samoa who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

Dixie State University is a premier open-enrollment teaching institution that offers more than 200 academic programs at one of the lowest tuition costs in the Western United States. With a commitment to its "active learning. active life." approach to education, Dixie State provides personalized and engaged learning experiences that prepare students for rewarding careers and enriched lives. Outside of the classroom, students have the opportunity to enjoy the unparalleled opportunities for an active life that accompany DSU's location in picturesque Southern Utah.

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