The 47th Singapore Polytechnic Graduation Ceremony is a milestone in many ways. Among the 4,590 graduates who received their diplomas at this year's ceremony from 22 - 24 May were the first batches of:
- 148 Singapore Polytechnic (SP) graduates from the Diploma - Plus Programme. They received their diplomas plus one of the following: Specialist Diploma in Digital Film & Television, Specialist Diploma in Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) Applications, Certificate in Engineering Mathematics or Certificate in Software Programming and Applications.
- Full-time students who took General Elective Modules (GEMs), introduced three years ago to broaden the knowledge base of our graduates.
- Graduates from the Creative Media Design diploma course (38 graduates)
- Graduates from the Landscape Architecture diploma course (35 graduates) and
- Specialist Diploma graduates in Cosmetic Science (11 graduates)
Also, during the nine sessions, graduates donned graduation attire for the first time. Principal Low Wong Fook, in his speech, told the audience: "This year's graduation is special as you are the first batch of graduates from Singapore Polytechnic to put on graduation gowns, chosen by you in a poll conducted with the help of the Students' Union."
Three years ago, Singapore Polytechnic started to offer the diploma-plus programme to students with high potential to pursue a parallel course leading to an additional formal certification. "Our ability-driven education model enables these students to maximise their potential," explained Mr Low.
"The Polytechnic will continue to introduce new courses to meet the changing needs of industry and new aspiration of students. In this academic year, we launched seven new courses. The Polytechnic now offers 38 Diploma courses, 10 diploma-plus programmes and 35 Post-Diploma courses, covering a wide variety of disciplines," the Principal continued.
In his speech, Mr Low also praised the achievements of students in community service. "While at the Polytechnic you have helped to raise funds for needy students and charity through the River Raft Race and President's Challenge activities. Some of you were involved in staging our very first original musical 'Superstar', which was very successful and we managed to raise about $100,000 for the President's Challenge last year."
In the last academic year, Singapore Polytechnic provided financial assistance to about 1,200 needy students (representing about 9% of the student population), by giving out scholarships, bursaries, study grants and study loans worth more than $1.5 million.
"Beyond raising money to help our own students and the local community, our students and staff are also active in community service overseas. In the last academic year, 8 teams comprising 126 students and 8 staff members went on community service expeditions to countries such as the Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar, China, Indonesia and Laos. In addition, 14 students were involved in setting up computer laboratories for different schools in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and 3 other villages in Cambodia."
Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister, Prime Minister's Office and Secretary-General, National Trades Union Congress was the guest-of-honour at the first session.
For more on this year's ceremony including photos and features on the top students, check out the special graduation website.