Time to spread their wings and fly!

From left: Presena and Jeyanthi

Years of hard work were met with thunderous applauses and cheers as graduates received their scrolls of achievements from Chancellor, Simon Mckeon AO at the recent Graduation ceremony held on 8 April 2017. The 690 graduates are now part of a community of more than 310,000 Monash University graduates  worldwide.

“Today marks the culmination of the years of dedication that you have invested into your studies, and the invaluable support you have received in that time from family and friends. These achievements deserve celebration. Whatever path you embark on after today, you remain an important part of  the  Monash community. I offer you my sincere congratulations and best wishes for the future” Vice-Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner AO congratulated the accomplished graduands.

Jeyanthi Thuraisingham, lecturer from the School of Business, had the rare pleasure of graduating with her daughter, Presena Selvarajah who completed her degree in the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Honours). “I have a deep sense of fulfilment and joy today, both personally and  as a parent. It is indeed a blessing to celebrate this chapter of our lives together,” Jeyanthi stated. Presena echoed her mother’s sentiments and hoped to have her drive and perseverance at that stage in life.

Another rare moment was captured when Jeshaiah Khor Zhen Syuen, being only 17, walked along with his peers from the School of Engineering to receive his scroll. The youngest student ever to have enrolled in Monash Malaysia, Jeshaiah  finished  his Bachelor of Engineering in the field of Mechatronics Engineering  with a Distinction and was also a recipient of the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation-Monash Equity Scholarship.

Addressing the graduands, President and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Interim), Professor Andrew Walker said, “This is a very significant milestone in your career, the culmination of years of effort both in high school and at university. I encourage you to take some time on this busy graduation day to  reflect on your achievements before embarking on the exciting challenges that lie ahead”. Prof Walker also acknowledged parents, family members and friends who had played an important part in supporting the graduands throughout their university journey: “I applaud their efforts and I am delighted  that so many of them can join us today for this celebration of achievement”.

If you can't make it to the ceremony in person, you can watch every graduation ceremony on our Youtube channel. Click here to pick the ceremony you would like to watch. Congratulations again to all graduates!

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