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Biggest graduating class embarks on next phase of life

05 July 2012

Prof Tan congratulating the Class of 2012 at the main commencement ceremony

Jubilant graduates showing their delight at the end of the ceremony

NUS Class of 2012 is poised to see the graduation of the biggest cohort over the last six years, with pioneering batches graduating in seven new degree programmes.

A total of 9,913 students will be conferred degrees in 22 ceremonies over nine days, from 5 to 13 July, at the University Cultural Centre. Among them, 6,321 will obtain bachelor degrees while another 3,592 will receive higher degrees.

Singapore President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam presided over the main commencement ceremony on 5 July, his inaugural commencement as NUS Chancellor. He presented scrolls to graduates from the School of Design and Environment (SDE), as well as the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

At the ceremony, NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan praised the achievements of the NUS Class of 2012. "They have truly embodied the NUS spirit of excellence, courage and boldness. Beyond their academic achievements, they have made their mark in research, competitions, sports, enterprise and community service. We are confident that they will continue to make a difference to the community around them," he said proudly.

NUS conferred an Honorary Doctor of Letters on Mr S R Nathan during the occasion in recognition of his service, leadership and guidance as former Singapore President and NUS Chancellor. The Honorary Degree acknowledges exceptional individuals who have made a major impact by providing outstanding contributions to NUS and the society at large.

Prof Tan saluted Mr Nathan for his many accomplishments in service to Singapore and for his longstanding support for NUS. "His leadership, dedication and humility will inspire the NUS Class of 2012 and all of us in the NUS community," he said.

To tie in with the 60th anniversary of NUS Social Work Department, the Department will be launching the S R Nathan Professorship in Social Work, which seeks to augment ongoing efforts in the development of social work.

Prof Tan also pointed out that the SDE graduating class has a strong tradition of bringing practical benefits to the community, too keeping alive the University's tradition of "dedication to service".

This year's commencement ceremonies will present the first batch of graduates for seven new degree programmes:
  • Master of Science (Real Estate and Urban Economics)
  • Master of Science (Integrated Sustainable Design)
  • Bachelor of Computing (Computational Biology) (NUS-Brown University Concurrent Degree Programme)
  • Master in Public Policy (NUS-University of Tokyo Double Degree Programme)
  • Master of Science (Supply Chain Management)
  • Master of Science (Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management) (NUS-Delft University of Technology Double Degree Programme)
  • Master of Science (Offshore Technology)

The Global Engineering Programme will also see its first cohort of students graduating with honours in various disciplines such as Engineering Science, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

Commencement 2012 will culminate on a high note with a Commencement Dinner graced by Dr Tan and Mrs Mary Tan on 20 July at the University Cultural Centre, where graduates, faculty, staff and alumni will attend the event.

Find out more about NUS Commencement 2012 and speech by NUS President.