Congratulations to the Class of 2022. Although the Covid-19 pandemic is still in our midst, we are grateful that most of us have the opportunity to receive our vaccinations so that both we, our loved ones and the community are better protected. It is also due to everyone's collective efforts to adhere to safe management measures that we are able to again organize a physical convocation for the Class of 2022.
This year’s convocation ceremony still comes with some restrictions and requires the vigilance and cooperation of all attendees. The team organizing this had spent much time and effort to do lots of pre-preparation to best ensure a safe yet memorable experience as we celebrate your milestone achievement, witnessed by your loved ones. I am thankful and appreciative of their commitment.
With the gradual and measured relaxation of safe management measures, we are able to increase the audience size considerably compared with the past two years’ ceremonies. We hope that it will re-capture some of the vibrancy and grandeur of this significant ceremony for you. But one thing we have all learned is that some situations are tenuous. It can change in the blink of an eye and we need to be prepared. We tend to take many things for granted until we are no longer able to have them. There are valuable life lessons for us all from this pandemic as we navigate the new normal.
My personal message to the Class of 2021 remains as relevant this year and I hope to reiterate this to the Class of 2022. Adopt the 3Ps, Prevail, Pivot and Prepare now for the journey ahead as circumstances improve, as surely it will. The job market may still be challenging for fresh graduates and even for our part-time students (who already have work experience) to enter or seek career advancement with your new qualification. But take heart, treasure each interaction, seize every opportunity that comes by to sharpen your competencies, pick up new skills and expand your network. As a champion of lifelong learning since we took in our first cohort of students back in 2005, SUSS will continue to support you as our alumni. Our Alumni Continuing Education (ACE) scheme offers you opportunities to remain engaged with us for lifelong learning. Check out the Centre for Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) and Alumni websites. Remain connected, participate actively in other alumni activities too.
In closing, I urge you to fly the SUSS flag high with passion and compassion in all you do. Collectively, let’s make our mark as the leading university for social good.
Office of Student and Alumni Relations