Tuesday, July 08, 2014

#NUSClassof2014 Commencement + LKYSPP Commencement Reception

7 July 2014

Envy 1: NUS Chancellor & President of Republic of Singapore Dr Tony Tan presents the scrolls to graduates.

Envy 2: I submitted my thesis before Thao, but she graduates first :p

Great to be back at University Cultural Centre, NUS again though. It seems just some time back that the Class of 2010, of which I am part of, threw our graduate caps.

NUS President shared about the suggestions that his colleagues gave him on the theme for his speech, ranging from World Cup to the complexity of the global reality. He eventually decided on "Happiness", and went on to urge graduates to transform negativity into constructivity. I thought that was pretty relevant in today's society.

Managed to take a photo with Eunos Grassroots Adviser, Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed, who's also a member of the NUS Alumni Advisory Board.

Graduates of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) were invited to the school's reception thereafter.

Happy to meet Dean Kishore Mahbubani, former Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Read many of his books and articles as an undergraduate. In his speech, he noted that this was the first time that LKYSPP graduates are presented the academic scrolls from the Chancellor, and this is because 2014 marks the school's 10th anniversary.

He also recalled how he was invited for a lunch meeting with former Deputy Prime Minister Dr Tony Tan, where he was asked to be the school's first Dean.

Congratulations to the NUS Class of 2014!

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