A celebration of academic success

600 students receive their scrolls after years of hard work.

The graduation ceremony of Monash University Malaysia on 19 November 2016 culminated with some 600  students receiving their scrolls after years of hard work and dedication towards their academic learning.

It was also the university’s 1030th graduation ceremony.

Professor Helen Bartlett, the President and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Monash University Malaysia, offered her sincere congratulations to graduates.

She expressed hope that graduates have nurtured the love of discovery in themselves. Prof Bartlett added that the hunger for knowledge can be a powerful force of good that has helped drive innovations that the university has achieved, including in the field of IVF that has helped thousands of people have children, to the bionic eye that is on the cusp of human trials.

Prof Bartlett also touched on the importance of service, adding that it was a noble act which enabled graduates to direct their talents and efforts “for the greater good”. “As our namesake, the great Australian Sir John Monash once wrote, equip yourself for life not solely for your own benefit but for the benefit of the whole community,” she shared.

“That does not mean that we expect every Monash graduate to discover life-saving vaccines or end global warming, but there should always be an awareness that the decision you make and the actions you take in your professional and personal lives have implications for all of us.”

The ceremony also hosted two guest speakers, Azran Osman-Rani, CEO and Group COO of iFlix Malaysia and Jo Kukathas, a renowned actor, director and writer.

Drawing on years of experience with various esteemed organisations, Osman-Rani encouraged graduates to question the existence of rules in his speech. “Not all rules are meant to be followed because you need to think about whether that rule makes sense or not,” he shared.

Osman-Rani, who completed his undergraduate and post-graduate studies at Stanford University, said defying or changing the rules enables new ideas to be generated. Some examples he cited was the emergence of internet TV subscription, which has changed the way consumers ingest programs as opposed to using satellite TV, to challenging past research that deemed affordable long-haul flights impossible.

The 44 year old ironman athlete added that graduates should not accept constraints or rules imposed on them. He warned about the “inherent danger in having a masterplan” which may cause tunnel vision in individuals, hindering them from grabbing opportunities that come from the side and affect their “flexibility to move irrespective of whatever the environment is going to be”.

He encouraged graduates to “go out there and write your own rules and play your own game.”

Congratulations again to all graduates!