Graduates chill out on stage during convocation ceremony


A group album of 190-odd graduates who attended the IACT College Convocation 2018 in Hilton Petaling Jaya. — Photos: NORAFIFI EHSAN / The Star

SEVERAL broadcasting graduates donned McDonald’s red caps when they went on stage to receive their scrolls during IACT College Convocation 2018 held at Hilton Petaling Jaya. The standing joke was that it would be easier to find work at a fast food joint!

Done in jest, Chai Zheng Guo, 21, took off his cap just before receiving his diploma from BAC Education Group managing director Raja Singham.

However, Raja Singham sportingly told him to put it back on and what started off as a prank, paved the way for a few other graduates who broke protocol and whipped out their handphones for welfies on stage.

Chai, together with two other friends, have set up a video production company last September.

He was among the 193 graduates who marked the completion of their tertiary studies at the convocation ceremony.

IACT College Valedictorian 2018 Stephanie Yap Kar Yan, 23, plans to further her education by taking up a master’s degree in Art Education next year.

“The best lecturer is someone who is able to inspire passion.

Raja Singham (second from right) chatting with graduates who received awards during the IACT Convocation 2018.
Raja Singham (second from right) chatting with graduates who received awards during the IACT Convocation 2018.

“My lecturers taught me never to settle for less, never to just go through the day being satisfied with just bread-and-butter jobs, but to be amazing at improving,” said Yap, who graduated with a degree in Advertising and Design.

Loh Wei Ting, 26, who graduated with an Advertising and Design degree, initially did accountancy but ended up taking advertising after getting a full scholarship to do her degree at IACT.

“I like the advertising culture, such as creating new ideas and having the freedom to think,” said Loh, who currently works as a social media planner.

Outstanding awards were presented to Chan Zheng Lin (STC Travel Sdn Bhd Award for Best in Art Direction), Ryan Lam Tien Yue (RMIT University Award for Best in Film Direction), Sangeetha V. Supramaniam (University of Hertfordshire Award for Best in Graphic Design), Siew Shan Shu-Yee (University of Hertfordshire Award for Best in Integrated Marketing), Tan Chin Yun (Shopper 360 Sdn Bhd Award for Best in Print Journalism) and Lim Ee Yeng (Shopper 360 Sdn Bhd Award for Best in Public Relations).

Special Awards were also presented to students for Southern Lion Sdn Bhd Award for Excellence in first class honours in BA Advertising and Design 3+0 Programme; Silverlake Sprints Sdn Bhd Award for Excellence in first class honours in BA Advertising and Design 3+0 Programme, BA Media, Culture and Communication 3+0 Programme, and BA Media, Culture and Communication 3+0 Programme; and Brickfields Asia College Award for Excellence in first class honours in BA Media, Culture and Communication 3+0 Programme.

University of Hertfordshire Award for Best in Graphic Design recipient Sangeetha, who is now a brand designer with a branding agency, felt happy and emotional to receive her scroll.

“I was not keen on graphic design initially, but after talking to the college counsellor, I decided to explore this field. The moment I stepped in, I knew I wanted to take it to the limit and beyond!” she said.

In his speech, Raja Singham urged graduates not to focus on getting rich, but to have a purpose in life and think about what they were going to do over the next 30 years.

“It is about believing what you can do if you have a purpose,“ he said.

He reminded graduates that learning was a life long process, and that good values such as integrity, accountability and compassion, would act as guiding pillars. Students would also need to reinvent themselves to stay relevant, he added.

At the event, 4As Malaysia chief executive officer Khairudin Rahim advised graduates to maximise their skills, have personal integrity, open themselves to new ideas, take calculated risks, and handle failure.

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