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  • Sunday, 08 Dec 2019

Graduates received their scrolls during the 69th convocation ceremony in Melaka.

WORDS are the most powerful force available to humanity.

“We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement.

“Our academics firmly believe in this policy and are always guided by the quill in our insignia,” said Seri Stamford College and Stamford College Melaka managing director Datuk Vincent Leong at the 69th convocation ceremony in Melaka.

The importance of education, he added, cannot be ignored and every effort should be made to learn as much as one can with evolving technologies in the world.

“Our students from China, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea give our campuses an international flavour and cross cultural learning,” he said.

The valedictorian of the convocation, Lai Jia Qi, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom, almost brought tears to the audience when she spoke about her experience at Stamford College Melaka.

In an emotionally packed speech, she said that she was overwhelmed by the love, support and care of the management and lecturers of the college.

“My respect for them is unending. Today all of the graduates are here because of their pastoral care and teaching.

“This college has played a vital role in my life by developing my knowledge and skills in making me a more holistic and independent person,” she said.

Lai also expressed her appreciation to the team of lecturers who taught them over the years.

To express her thanks for parents and guardians, sponsors and scholarship providers, she requested all graduates to rise and bow towards them.

At the convocation this year, Papua New Guinea had the largest cohort with 26 students who received their scrolls for a variety of courses.

The Outstanding Student Award 2019 was given to Papua New Guinea student Moere Colin Richy Raiqarawa, who obtained a Diploma in Hospitality Management (in collaboration with American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute, United States). He said that when he first arrived in Malaysia he was terrified of the new environment, people and customs.

“But over the last two years, I have grown to love this country like my own.

“The lecturers and management of Stamford College Melaka where I studied were exceptional,” he said, adding that they took care of him as part of their family. He said he would pursue his degree studies here.

Desmond Foong, outgoing Seri Stamford College Kepong student and president of the student council for the year, said that he enjoyed serving in his position in the council.

“Today I received my Diploma in Information Technology.

“My responsibility as the students’ representative was not always smooth sailing as I had to present students’ issues at meetings but it taught me how to negotiate diplomatically,” he said.

Fellow Papua New Guinea student Koal Monique Tamarah won the Best Student Award for the Diploma in Executive Secretaryship.

“My parents are thrilled that I have done well in my studies here at Stamford.

“It has been hard at the beginning as it was difficult to adjust to the college environment but I have overcome these hurdles and today am part of the Stamford team,” she said.

The college has a collaboration with the Central Province government of Papua New Guinea where it sends 20 students annually for courses at Stamford College.

Present at the convocation were Provincial Administrator of the Central Province Francis Koaba, other prominent politicians and parents of the students.
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