Off to design the world
“The days I spent in Monash were the best in my life, but they were also the toughest. Words cannot describe how I feel about receiving this award. Because it is from Monash, it is very special and personal. Thank you for the honour and the myriad gifts this university has provided me with,” said Safaath Ahmed Zahir who graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Business and Commerce.
Safaath was recognised with the Monash Distinguished Alumni Award at this year’s Graduation Ceremony held on 17 November 2018. A leading women’s rights activist in her home country, the Maldives, Safaath is also a recipient of the Queen’s Young Leader’s Award, awarded by Her Majesty, The Queen in 2016. She was also appointed a Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations Youth Envoy’s Office. In 2017, she was listed as one of the Pioneer Women of Asia in the 2017 Forbes 30 under 30.
“I never did any of it for recognition or merit. I began this journey not for myself - I did it for my mother, my sisters, my friends, my nation and the whole of women-kind,” she shared.
The November graduation ceremony saw 679 students receiving their graduation scrolls, with 85 PhD students completing their doctorates this year.
“Today you become a member of a community of more than 360,000 Monash University graduates worldwide. There comes a time in life where you get to celebrate an achievement, this is the day to celebrate you. So celebrate and enjoy. My sincere congratulations to all of you,” said Professor Margaret Gardner AO, Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor.
Congratulations to all our graduates!