SOME 2,735 Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) students received their graduation scrolls at the varsity’s 28th Convocation Ceremony.
Held at the Kampar campus, the graduates included 154 who received their PhDs, Master’s degrees and Bachelor’s degrees.
Among them was Mak Vee Jin, who graduated with a degree in business administration.
“I want to thank UTAR for helping us develop the right skills and providing us with practical knowledge for the working world.
“Today may be our last day as students but I believe every end is a new beginning. The real challenge begins today,” she said in her graduation speech.
Mak also urged the other graduates not to rest on their laurels and to keep on striving.
“We should never relax. We must work with the same spirit we had as a student. I believe this is the key to success,” she added.
Bachelor of Marketing graduate Liew Siong Hian thanked his family and lecturers for their guidance throughout his years of studying.
“The success I achieved today would not be possible without the strong support from my lecturers and family. “I may not be the best but I hope I have made you proud,” he said.
In his speech, Sirim Bhd president and group chief executive Prof Dr Ahmad Fadzil Mohamad Hani urged the graduates to continue learning.
“You should see yourself as a product of progress, an exclusive product that will always be relevant, and the way to do that is to have the enthusiasm to keep on learning.
“Lifelong learning can boost your self-confidence and will also help you absorb good, practical skills such as handling finances and improving communication skills,” said Dr Ahmad Fadzil, who was the guest of honour.
“A lifelong journey is a continuous, educational experience that engages the mind, improves physical activity and maintains healthy relationships.”
Also present were the university’s Education Foundation board of trustees members Prof Datuk Dr Tan Chong Tin and Tan Sri Lee Oi Hian as well as council members Datuk Lim Si Cheng, Datuk Dr Oh Chong Peng, Tan Sri Chor Chee Heung and Hew Fen Yee.
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