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Celebrating Commencement 2011

04 July 2011

(From left) NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan, Singapore's Education Minister Mr Heng Swee Keat, Singapore President Mr S R Nathan, Chairman of NUS Board of Trustees Mr Wong Ngit Liong, and NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost Prof Tan Eng Chye with some outstanding graduands at the Main Commencement Ceremony

Mr Philip Yeo receiving the Honorary Doctor of Letters degree scroll from President Nathan
This year's main NUS commencement ceremony marked a double milestone: the 100th year since NUS' first medical school graduation and the first commencement of Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School (Duke-NUS). The ceremony saw both the graduation of 279 students from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and 24 students in Duke-NUS' inaugural class. The graduands received their degrees from Singapore President and NUS Chancellor Mr S R Nathan on 4 July at the University Cultural Centre. President of Duke University Prof Richard Brodhead also graced the event.

Speaking at the commencement ceremony, NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan noted that the rosy employment situation is great news for the new graduates. Given the many options in front of them, he urged that they should choose not just with their heads, but with their hearts. "No matter what you elect to pursue, if you do so with commitment, imagination and courage, you will find fulfilment in your work and lives," he added.

Addressing the medical graduates, Prof Tan said: "You should always remember that you are part of a long and rich history of selfless and devoted service to the community. Your work and contributions will extend and redefine the tradition of medical excellence that has been the hallmark of our university for the past century."

On the graduation of the pioneering class of Duke-NUS students, Prof Brodhead said: "Today, we see the fruits of our collective labours. It takes passionate commitment on both sides to turn an idea into reality. It takes not only vision but hard work from all parties to turn a Memorandum of Understanding into a graduating class."

At the Ceremony, NUS also conferred an Honorary Doctor of Letters on Chairman of SPRING Singapore Mr Philip Yeo Liat Kok for his outstanding contribution to the University, to Singapore and the community at large.

Some 9,772 students will be receiving their degrees over 21 commencement ceremonies from 4 to 12 July - 6,502 students will receive bachelor degrees while another 3,270 students will receive higher degrees. Thirteen new degrees will be awarded at the ceremonies this year.

NUS Commencement 2011 will culminate in a Commencement Dinner on 15 July 2011 which will be graced by President and Mrs Nathan, and attended by graduates, faculty, staff and alumni of the University.

More on NUS Commencement 2011:
- Speech by NUS President
- Speech by Duke President