HARD work pays off for 813 graduates of KDU Penang when they received their scrolls during the 21st graduation ceremony held at the Equatorial Hotel Penang.
KDU Penang chief executive officer and principal Dr Chong Beng Keok congratulated the high achievers for their achievement.
“Today is a day of recognition for your hard work and commitment. I’m happy that so many of you are graduating in the various fields,” he said in his speech.
Dr Chong also added that KDU always hoped to produce competent and well-rounded graduates from time to time.
The valedictorian from School of Engineering, Science & Technology, Lee Paik Jen, 22, thanked her parents and family for their support in obtaining her degree.
“I enjoy studying as my classmates and lecturers are very supportive.
“My deepest thanks also to The Star Education Fund which provided me with funding last year,” said Lee who graduated with first class honours in Electrical and Electronic Engineering recently.
“Currently, I’m working with National Instruments as an engineering leadership programme engineer since August.
“They employed me after I finished my internship,” said Lee who then headed to Taiwan to present her conference paper to the International Conference on Software Intelligence Technologies and Applications.
Loo Jianwen, 24, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, received his second class honours in BSc (Hons) in Communication and Public Relations.
“My journey in KDU was exciting and challenging. I’m glad to be given the opportunity to develop my communication and leadership skills, and learn to socialise and work in a team.
“My aim is to raise awareness on people with disability,” he added after receiving his scroll.
Also present were Paramount Corporation Berhad group chief executive officer Jeffrey Chew, KDU University College deputy vice-chancellor (Academic) Assoc Prof Dr Hon Wei Min, Northumbria University (UK) associate dean David Bell, University of Herdfordshire United Kingdom director of studies Dr Malcolm McIver, IMI University Centre Switzerland president Heinz Buerki, Keele University United Kingdom Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences pro vice-chancellor & dean Prof David Shepherd and representatives from University of Chester.
After the ceremony, the students later had their photographs taken with their families, friends, lecturers and fellow graduates.