Record number of First Class degrees as SIM-UOL scholars graduate

Over 2,600 SIM-UOL graduands celebrated their academic achievements at a dedicated presentation ceremony held at SIM GE, Singapore
The SIM-University of London Graduation Ceremony, April 2016
The SIM-University of London Graduation Ceremony, April 2016
When one door closes, another opens. Move on and move ahead. You will soon see the big picture and realise the grand plan that is meant for you

Between the 6th and 8th of April, over 2,600 SIM-University of London graduands celebrated their academic achievements at a dedicated presentation ceremony held at the Singapore Institute of Management.

A total of 169 students achieved First Class Honours - the highest number to date from the popular institution.

SIM and the University of London International Programmes are celebrating 30 years of partnership this year, to be marked by a number of celebratory events over the coming months. The record achievements reached by University of London students at SIM GE showcase a relationship that continues to move from strength to strength.

The Grand Plan

The ceremonial Guest of Honour was Dr Intan Azura Binte Mokhtar, Deputy Chairperson for the Government Parliamentary Committee for Education and Member of Parliament for Ang Mo Kio GRC.

Following a stirring account of her career history, she advised graduates to think pragmatically about the opportunities ahead of them.

"It is quite impossible to find the perfect fit in terms of finding a job or work opportunities," she said.

"But somehow, when what you yearn for does not come easily, it means that there is something else, and usually a better match, for you."

"When one door closes, another opens. Move on and move ahead. You will soon see the big picture and realise the grand plan that is meant for you."

Don’t Forget to Dream

Mr Tan Soo Jin, the Chairman of SIM Governing Council, was similarly practical in his address at the opening session, though he told graduates that dreaming of their ideals remains important.

"You may have to take any offer that is reasonably good, bearing in mind that you can make the best out of it as a stepping stone to something better," he said.

"While having a sense of realism is important, don’t forget to dream," he added. "It will be a pity if for the sake of pragmatism, we live our lives without vision, passion, imagination and hope."

"Many of you here will one day become the titans of your industry. And when you do, never forget to send the elevator back down."

Back Down to Earth

The student valedictorian, Khairul Anwar Bin Wahab, gave an intriguing anecdote to highlight the lessons to be learnt and the humility to be taken forward into the workplace.

At a job interview in One Raffles Quay, he took an elevator to the 50th floor. When he got out, an employee of the company pressed the first-floor button to send it back down, avoiding longer delays for those waiting at the bottom.

Khairul recalled the employee’s words: "One day, when you have reached the top, always remember to send the elevator back down". Inspired by them, he informed his fellow graduates to consider such lessons in their future lives.

"Many of you here will one day become the titans of your industry," he said. "And when you do, never forget to send the elevator back down."