KUALA LUMPUR: Camera flashes, bouquets of flowers and tears of joy were aplenty at Wisma MCA yesterday.
The second day of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman's inaugural convocation paved the way for a total of 723 graduates from the fields of Accounting, Arts and Social Science, and Information and Communications Technology, to venture out into the real world.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak made it an extra special day by presenting them their scrolls.
Madona Anthony, whose daughter Claina Antonette Anthony, 23, received a Bachelor of Communication (Hons) degree, could not hold back her tears of joy.
“I am just very happy that I have been able to support her all this time and provide for a quality education,” said the legal clerk, whose husband passed away seven years ago.
Yeoh Sy Chyi, 22, who graduated with a first class (Hons) degree in Communication (majoring in public relations), was undaunted by the very high expectations of her lecturers in her first year at Utar.
It only fired her up to the top six of her class. She has also proven her capabilities in the working world, as a retail services executive at AC Nielsen.
Top student in the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Accounting programme, 23-year-old Wee Teck Soon, said being among the first batch of graduates involved a certain amount of pressure, as they needed to set the standard for future graduates.
Uma Mageswary Krishnan, 26, received her degree in Business Information Systems during the last session of the day.
“There has never been a communication problem between my classmates and me as we speak English all the time,” she said. (Uma was the only non-Chinese in her course).
For Wong Sook Fun, age was never an obstacle to achieving a lifelong dream.
The 41-year-old, who had to work right after her STPM exams 17 years ago, went back to the books three years ago.
“It was quite tough, going back to school after such a long break,” said the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Chinese Studies graduate.
Asked how it was studying with those much younger than her, she said her coursemates were very helpful.
“Young people today are very creative and imaginative, you have to be young at heart to keep up with them,” she said of her younger Utar graduates.