11 Jun 2016
Tassels Worth The Hassle
The MDIS-UOS Graduation Ceremony 2016 saw over 450 graduates at Raffles City Convention Centre ballroom celebrating their achievements with family and friends. Over a thousand people attended the event which was graced by Guest-of-Honour and Member of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC, Associate Professor Fatimah Lateef.
Dr R Theyvendran, Secretary-General of MDIS, highlighted the significance and impact of a quality education in his address, saying, “Education helps our youth develop originality of mind, and interactions with educators and fellow students set the stage for innovative co-creation. Education helps raise standards of living, as well as grow and sustain income equities and social mobility.”
Associate Professor Fatimah Lateef congratulated the graduands, saying that their education at MDIS was a period of intellectual transformation, and that their achievement was a testament of hard work and dedication.
She reminded graduands that the knowledge and skills they have gained at MDIS is invaluable, adding that there will be countless opportunities for them to acquire soft skills, develop emotional intelligence and enhance their ability to negotiate challenges in a volatile global market at the workplace.
It was a exhilarating day for graduands as they were overcome by a sense of jubilation mixed with anticipation of their journey ahead. Li Jong Hyang, who received the Master of Business Administration’s top academic achievement award, said in her graduation speech: “Many of us gained a distinctive advantage with MDIS – an opportunity to acquire a quality degree in our chosen field. During my academic journey, I was able to meet many people who mentored me and helped me gain knowledge and wisdom. These influences are the driving forces that have enabled me to get further in life than one can imagine.”
Li encouraged her fellow graduands, saying, “Our journey onwards may never be on an easy road; in reality, we may not get straight A’s in all aspects of life. Some journeys will be challenging, but they will train us to persevere with determination. A storm may impel a tree to grow deeper roots. And when this happens, there is no longer a reason to fear any storm.”