By KEVIN PAMBA
HOTEL and lodging rooms, hostels and Air Niugini flights to the Madang beach town are fully booked for the weekend where the Divine Word University is scheduled to hold its 28th convocation on Sunday.
Madang-based travel agency, Global Travel Centre, staff said earlier this week that all flights from Port Moresby to Madang that connects with other centres were fully booked weeks in advance.
Throughout this week, the usually quiet town has come alive with many of the 960 graduates arriving with their family members and relatives.
They also took the opportunity to do some shopping and toured “beautiful Madang” before the big day.
Most of those who arrived early are from provinces linked by road, who were fearful of missing the big event due to the unpredictable landslides and floods on the Highlands and Ramu-Madang highways.
DWU graduation organising committee chairman Ted Alau said preparations had been smooth and all should be fine on Sunday.
Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare leads the VIP guest list dominated by “who is who” in the higher education, politics, Government, business, church and civil society.
Sir Michael preludes Sunday’s convocation with a nationwide launch of the national higher education debate among students online at the Friendship Library tomorrow morning.