Singapore, 16 May 2013 – Singapore Polytechnic (SP) today hosted its 53rd graduation ceremony at the Singapore Polytechnic Convention Centre, with Acting Minister for Social and Family Development and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, Mr Chan Chun Sing officiating the ceremony.
This year, close to 6,000 graduates will receive their diplomas, advanced diplomas, specialist diplomas and certificates over 15 sessions. Of this total, 5,095 graduates are from the full-time courses and 803 are from the part-time courses. The latest batch of graduates sees the pool of SP alumni crossing the 170,000 milestone.
The ceremony will also see the birth of the inaugural batch of 232 graduates from five pioneer, industry-focused diplomas. They are:
· Diploma in Perfumery and Cosmetic Science
· Diploma in Digital Animation
· Diploma in International Business
· Diploma in Materials Science
· Diploma in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics
Among the pioneer batch of Diploma in Perfumery and Cosmetic Science graduates is, Ms Alethea Joy Han who is also the winner of the Chua Chor Teck Gold Medal, one of eight SP’s Institutional Medals. She represents the future generation of Singapore’s home-grown perfumers.
Recounting her SP journey, Alethea said, “The defining moment for me was choosing to come to SP and pursuing my childhood dream to be a perfumer. I am grateful to SP for making it possible for me. As a perfumer, I hope to create fragrances that can be therapeutic to the mind and emotions, and I also wish to mentor future students who aspire to become perfumers.”
Another highlight at this year’s graduation sees 30 per cent of the engineering courses being topped by females, a testimony that this domain is not difficult for them to excel.
Ms Gan Bee Li from the Diploma in Mechatronics and Robotics is a fine example. She is also a recipient of the Lee Kuan Yew Award. Graduating with a perfect GPA and topping her course, her interest in engineering was developed since Primary One. Unusual for a girl, she was fascinated by how the different mechanical parts and circuitry of a toy car could come together and enable it to move. She then decided to satisfy her curiosity by pursuing an engineering education in SP. Believing that she will be able to make an impact in this field, she will be pursuing a Degree in Electrical Engineering after graduation.
Taking a different path, Mr Tan Junhong, who topped his course and graduates with a perfect GPA for his Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering, sees the value in gaining some first-hand working experience.
He said, “There is a strong demand for skilled manpower in the aerospace industry and by choosing to work now, I get to gain work experience which will be beneficial when I proceed to university a few years later.”
Congratulating this year’s graduates, SP Principal & CEO, Mr Tan Choon Shian said, “I am very heartened to see our graduates having an enriching experience during their time at SP. Many have gone beyond academic pursuits and made a difference by participating in meaningful causes. This should stand them in in good stead when they apply for jobs or further their studies.”
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Established in 1954, Singapore Polytechnic (SP) is Singapore’s first polytechnic. It has 10 schools that offer 50 full-time diploma courses for close to 16,000 students. SP adopts a proven creative teaching and learning framework and offers students a holistic, authentic and industry-relevant curriculum, innovative and vibrant learning spaces, and enriching overseas programmes.
The Polytechnic is committed to producing competent and versatile graduates (who are also imbued with sound values, so that they can be work ready, life ready and world-ready. SP has more than 170,000 graduates and among them are successful entrepreneurs, top executives in multi-national and public-listed corporations, and well-known professionals across various industries and leaders in government.
SP is the first polytechnic to be awarded the President’s Award for the Environment in 2010 and the President's Social Service Award in 2011.
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