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Commencement 2013 draws to a close

19 July 2013

President Tony Tan conversing with this year's valedictorians

(From left) NUS Chairman Mr Wong Ngit Liong, President Tan, Mrs Tan and Mrs Wong toasting the Class of 2013

Marking the close of Commencement 2013, members of the NUS community came together for a celebratory dinner on 18 July 2013. Singapore President and NUS Chancellor Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam and wife Mrs Mary Tan were among the distinguished guests present at the Commencement Dinner.

This year, a total of 10,282 students received their degrees in the course of 23 ceremonies held at the NUS University Cultural Centre.  

Speaking at the dinner event, NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan highlighted three attributes of the NUS community that he values greatly. First and foremost, he noted that members of the University’s community are passionate about their work and pursuits, and are constantly looking for ways to do things differently and better. Secondly, he was heartened by the many acts and gestures of kindness and compassion on campus, which touches the wider community. Finally, he said that the NUS community exudes a “can do” spirit which looks to the future with optimism and hope. Prof Tan thus expressed his hope that the Class of 2013 would carry with them these same qualities so valued by the NUS community.

He also made special mention of former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew who was conferred the NUS Honorary Doctor of Laws in June this year. He said that Mr Lee’s legacy goes beyond his remarkable achievements of which we are all beneficiaries, to the personal qualities he embodies, which are also fundamental to our continued success as a community. These include a deep sense of purpose, the courage and conviction to carve out our own paths, and the unflagging drive to excel and self-surpass.

Before giving the customary toast to the Class of 2013, Prof Tan conveyed his heartiest congratulations to them and his very best wishes for their future.