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First South Pacific Graduate from BYU-Pathway Worldwide

Lani Moors-Smolik is the first in South Pacific to receive a Bachelor's Degree through BYU-Pathway Worldwide.
Lani Moors-Smolik is the first person in South Pacific to receive a Bachelor's Degree through BYU-Pathway Worldwide. © 2020 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Lani Moors-Smolik, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, enrolled in the very first classes offered by BYU-Pathway Worldwide when it was launched in Samoa in 2016. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in University Studies and a minor in Business Management, and is the first Pacific Area BYU-Pathway Worldwide student to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree.    

Lani recently posted, "During my path, I was given opportunities of advancement with my full-time job and I gained some great understanding that I have been able to use in my current role."

She adds, "It can be challenging, but there is such amazing support from teachers, tutors, and online classmates all around the world."

BYU-Pathway Worldwide offers certificates and degrees in 37 online programs in Business, Technology, Health, Family Studies, and Professional Studies. The program started in 2007 with 50 students and has grown to over 40,000 students in 100 countries around the world, as well as in all 50 US states.  

The website for BYU-Pathway Worldwide states, "PathwayConnect is a reduced-cost online program that prepares students to start or finish a degree by building spiritual confidence and teaching foundational academic skills. Courses taken during PathwayConnect may later qualify for credit that can be applied toward a BYU-Idaho online certificate or degree."

Renee Solomon, Welfare and Self-Reliance Support Supervisor, noted, "BYU Pathway Worldwide offers online study options across the globe.  With the current situation with COVID-19 and lock-down practices, students are still able to continue their studies regardless of the situation in the world."

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