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Congratulations Class of 2013!

8 July 2013

Prof Tan spoke on change, permanence and continuity in his commencement speech

NUS Chancellor Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, who presided over the Main Commencement Ceremony, with a proud graduate

Dr Tan and Minister for Education Mr Heng Swee Keat (left) congratulating students after the ceremony
With proud family members and friends sharing their joy, jubilant graduating students at NUS will celebrate Commencement from 8 to 18 July 2013.

The first Commencement ceremony saw a total of 160 students from the University Scholars Programme (USP) - a multidisciplinary academic programme - receiving their degrees from Singapore President and NUS Chancellor Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam.

“As you embark on your new journey, I hope you will value your friends, develop a strong sense of purpose in what you choose to pursue, and continue to contribute to our community,” said NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan at the Main Commencement Ceremony.

Exemplifying the strong sense of purpose is Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew, who was conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws, the University's highest form of accolade.

Mr Lee was honoured for his widely admired leadership, his vision and contributions to the economic and societal advancement of the nation, and for his strong affiliation and contributions to the University.

Prof Tan noted that the qualities embodied by Mr Lee “serve as a powerful beacon not just for all of us in NUS, but for the broader community in Singapore and beyond.”

A total of 6,547 students will be obtaining their bachelor degrees and another 3,735 receiving higher degrees this year.

Looking back on his NUS days, Valedictorian Ow Yeong Wai Kit who has just received his Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English Literature, said: "Having a sense of adventure, steadfastness and kindness constitute only a few of the ways in which our curiosity has been nurtured in USP.” While the undergraduate journey has come to a close, Wai Kit said that graduating students “stand on the cusp of a new beginning.”

Five new degrees were awarded at this year's commencement ceremonies:
  • NUS-Imperial College Joint Doctor of Philosophy Programme
  • NUS-CEMS Double Degree Programme
  • Master of Social Work (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health)
  • Master of Science (Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health)

The Design-Centric Programme of the Faculty of Engineering will also see its first cohort of students graduating.

Click here to read the speech by NUS President.