Grads cel­e­brate at Vic­to­ria Univer­sity grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony

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“YOUR par­ents must be very proud of you,” said Sun­way Univer­sity chan­cel­lor Tan Sri Datuk Seri Dr Jef­frey Cheah AO in com­mem­o­rat­ing the grandeur of the Vic­to­ria Univer­sity grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony.

The words rang true as shown by par­ents’ ex­pres­sions as their child’s name echoed through the hall.

Many of them were seen with tri­umphant smiles, glis­ten­ing eyes and cran­ing necks to get a glimpse of their son or daugh­ter head­ing up the stage to re­ceive the scroll.

More of­ten than not, grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies rightly cel­e­brate the grad­u­ates.

How­ever, this cer­e­mony marked a dif­fer­ent story as the peo­ple most of­ten for­got­ten were given the high­est ac­co­lade by Vic­to­ria Univer­sity chan­cel­lor Ge­orge Pap­pas.

To hon­our the at­tend­ing fam­i­lies and friends – and adding a touch of warmth to the cer­e­mony – he prompted the grad­u­ates to turn to them, gave them a thun­der­ous ap­plause and said “Thank You”.

Grad­uands also gave boom­ing ap­plauses to cheer on their fel­low mates who went up on stage to re­ceive their scrolls.

The loud­est ap­plause was re­served for Dr Ja­son Cheok Boon Chuan, a se­nior lec­turer from the Vic­to­ria Univer­sity Un­der­grad­u­ate Pro­gramme, Sun­way Col­lege Kuala Lumpur, who was con­ferred his doc­tor­ate.

“My feel­ings can only be sum­marised with one word – ‘over­joyed’. Grad­u­at­ing with a PhD is the best birth­day gift as my birth­day was just a day be­fore. Fur­ther­more, my fam­ily came all the way from Sin­ga­pore and hav­ing my col­leagues and stu­dents cheer­ing for me were the high­lights of my day. It made all the hard work and ef­fort worth­while,” said Dr Cheok.

In his vale­dic­tory ad­dress, Ja­son Tan Yie Jiat thanked fam­i­lies, friends and lec­tur­ers for their love and sup­port.

He kindly re­minded his friends to re­main true to them­selves in the jour­ney of cre­at­ing their own sto­ries and more im­por­tantly, to love and fall in love.

He also added in jest a huge grat­i­tude to the un­masked “heroes” – Google, Wikipedia, Sun­way li­brary, Ramli Burger and Red­bull – for which he was greeted with a thun­der­ous ap­plause and loud cheers from his fel­low grad­u­ates who were in full agree­ment.

The oc­ca­sion was a cel­e­bra­tion of the grad­u­ates’ hard work and suc­cess on the com­ple­tion of a mile­stone and a trib­ute to the fam­i­lies and friends who stood by them through­out the jour­ney.

At the cer­e­mony, Cheah was awarded the 2016 Dis­tin­guished Alumni Award by Vic­to­ria Univer­sity.

The Dis­tin­guished Alumni Award is awarded each year in

■ For more in­for­ma­tion about the Vic­to­ria Univer­sity Bach­e­lor of Busi­ness pro­grammes at Sun­way Col­lege, e-mail info@ sun­, call 03-7491 8622 or visit http://sun­ my/col­lege/vubusi­ness.

Dr Ja­son Cheok Boon Chuan (left) re­ceiv­ing his doc­tor­ate from Vic­to­ria Univer­sity chan­cel­lor Ge­orge Pap­pas.

Dr Ja­son Cheok Boon Chuan (left) and vale­dic­to­rian Ja­son Tan Yie Jiat (right) with Sun­way Univer­sity chan­cel­lor Tan Sri Datuk Seri Dr Jef­frey Cheah AO who was awarded the 2016 Dis­tin­guished Alumni Award by Vic­to­ria Univer­sity.

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