A joyous day!

706 graduates join Monash’s alumni network.

“Today, the University certifies that you have acquired the analytical abilities, the deep knowledge of your fields and the capabilities that a Monash degree implies. Valuable as those things are, we like to think that you have taken away more than this from your time here at Monash. We hope you have forged values that reflect the ones that this University holds dear,” Vice Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner AO congratulated the 706 Monash Malaysia graduates. Prof Gardner and Deputy Chancellor, Dr Christine Nixon, were in Kuala Lumpur for the recent Graduation Ceremony held on 9 April 2016.

Thunderous applause and cheers reverberated throughout the Grand Ballroom as each graduate received their degrees from Dr Nixon. It got even louder when the names of postgraduates, and their research topics were announced.

All three sessions received the privilege of being addressed by three important guest speakers: Dato’ Jeffrey Ng Tiong Lip, Chief Executive Officer of Sunway REIT Management Sdn Bhd; Dr Milton Lum Siew Wah, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist, and member of the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC); and Ms Susan Kahwati, Austrade’s Senior Trade Commissioner based at the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur.

Nuggets of wisdom

Dato’ Ng: “In the real world, it is more an exception than rule to achieve the rags to riches story or entrepreneurial stardom status. Not everyone is prepared for a business or entrepreneurial career. So, it is important for you to stand firm on your feet, to understand what it takes to advance your working or professional career to reach senior or top management level in leading and large organisations or corporations.”

Dr Lum: “Professionals are governed by codes of ethics and profess a commitment to competence, integrity, morality, altruism and the promotion of the public good. These commitments form the basis of a social contract between the professions and society which, in return, grants considerable autonomy in practise. Remember that professional autonomy is a privilege granted by society and is not a right.”

Ms Kahwati: “Embrace change. Change can be scary. Change can create great worry and anxiety. But it can also open doors to wonderful new beginnings. Say yes to new adventures. Making a big life change is pretty scary. But you know what’s even scarier? Regretting the chances you didn’t take.”

Congratulations again to all graduates.

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