Date: 8 July 2008
Venue: NUS University Cultural Centre and Pan Pacific Hotel
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NUS Business School fêted more than 700 BBA, MBA, EMBA and APEX-MBA graduates at the commencement ceremonies and celebratory dinners held on 8 July 2008.
Staged at the NUS University Cultural Centre, the commencement ceremonies marked the start of a new phase in the lives of graduates from more than twenty different nations.
Representing the sentiments of many of his peers, Mr Srikanth Sridharan (MBA 2008), Senior Consultant at IBM, and valedictorian of the graduating MBA class of 2008, shared that “the warmth and enthusiasm of the NUS staff” left a very deep impressions.
The outgoing president of the NUS MBA Club, who had set up the Alumni Relations Team to work with the Global Alumni Network Office (GANO) to promote interaction between alumni and students was especially grateful for the dedication of the professors.
“They have helped students define unknowns and refine perspectives,” said Mr Sridharan. “That’s why the NUS Business School experience is a truly eventful and exciting journey.”
Address the MBA graduates at their commencement ceremony, guest speaker Mr Jim Rogers, International Investor and Author, Rogers Holdings, advised the new members of the NUS Business School alumni community to gain experience and exposure by living independently in an international world. In a speech filled with humor and wise anecdotes, the alumni were invited to “figure out your passion, not someone else’s” and to “Swim your own race”.
During the BBA commencement ceremony, Ms Elim Chew, Founder and President of 77th Street (S) Pte Ltd, spoke about entrepreneurship and encouraged the new graduates to venture out but also to remember to contribute back to the community.
The commencement dinner held at the Pan Pacific Hotel later in the evening saw graduates of the different programs celebrate this milestone in their respective ballrooms where they also expressed their satisfaction about studying at the NUS Business School.
Mr Chandrashekar Raghavan (MBA 2008), Online Sales and Operations Strategists of Google, and the youngest student in his class, was thankful for the rich education he received at the School, particularly, the training provided by the professors and the insights and connections gained from his peers, which have been vital in helping him add value in his work.
Alumni from the various programs also gathered together with the new graduates in their respective ballrooms to join in the celebration and also to encourage the new graduates to continue to play an active role in the school as an alumnus.
An active alumnus, Mr Wilfred Hee (BBA Hons 2004), Station Manager of Singapore Airlines said, “Being a part of an alumni brings our relationships beyond the textbook and degree, and this is very valuable in the business world.”
Moving between ballrooms during the dinner, Professor Kulwant Singh, Interim Dean of NUS Business School and Associate Professor Quek Ser Aik, Vice-Dean of Undergraduate Studies, took turns to remind the graduates that it was important to “stay in touch” and to “capitalize on the social capital established”.