Graduates recall challenges and sacrifices in their academic pursuit

Bachelor graduates posing for a group photo together with (front row fourth from left) University of Sunderland deputy vice-chancellor (academic), Professor Julie Mennell, (front row fourth from right) Segi College Penang vice-principal of institutional effectiveness Dr Tie Hui Hui, (front row third from right) University of Sunderland recruitment assistant director (Transnational Education) Leslie Brown and other head of faculties during Segi College Penangs University of Sunderland Academic Awards Ceremony 2015. George Cheah / 04 Dec 2015

SMILES and happiness were written all over the faces of 289 students who attended two separate academic awards ceremony of SEGi College Penang.

During the first ceremony, a total of 197 students shared their achievement with friends and family members at the college’s University of Sunderland awards ceremony 2015.

Student representative Seow Chen Wei, in his speech, reminded his peers not to stop learning in preparing for upcoming challenges during the recent ceremony held at Jen Hotel.

“People can easily surpass us if we remain satisfied with where we are.

“Look at how Apple had outdone Nokia in the mobile phone industry. We can learn something from this episode,” he said.

The 42-year-old was the only student who graduated with a distinction in Masters of Business Administration (MBA), an impressive feat considering he had to juggle his time between studies, work and family.

Seow said his employers and family had been supportive throughout the two years of his part-time studies.

University of Sunderland deputy vice-chancellor Prof Julie Mennell congratulated all the students for their achievement.

“Celebrate this moment, remember those who helped make it possible and look forward to the future with pride, enthusiasm and passion,” she said.

Meanwhile, the countless sleepless nights and sacrifices of student Lim Zheng Yong and his friends were worthwhile when they received their scrolls at the college’s University of Greenwich (UOG) academic awards ceremony.

Lim said having a good quality education would open doors for him and his friends.

“It feels nice to have survived all the challenges and come out on the other side,” he said at the graduation ceremony held at St Giles Wembley Hotel.

A total of 92 students graduated during the ceremony.

University of Greenwich pro-vice chancellor Professor Martin Snowden said in his speech that the university was proud to partner with the college as they shared the same missions and values.

“It is a very important and valuable partnership,” he said, advising the graduates to work hard, seek out opportunities and adapt to changes.

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