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Singapore graduations

Wednesday, 03 October 2012


On Sunday, 30 September it was my great pleasure to join staff and students as we celebrated the graduation of more than 140 ECU students with our partner organisations, SMF Institute of Higher Learning and Academy of Human Development, based in Singapore.

Family, friends and members of the community gathered at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre to celebrate the fine achievements of our students.

Students were inspired by Graduate Speaker, Ms Kay See Leong, who shared her unique journey. An education teacher working with children with multiple disabilities, Ms Leung attended classes at night to gain a formal education in Bachelor of Science (Psychology).

Her personal account of juggling work and study was an inspiration to staff and students alike and highlighted outcomes that flow from hard work and determination.

It was my great pleasure to join graduates after the presentation of their graduation certificates for photos and toasts.

Following the graduation ceremony, I joined ECU’s Director of the Office of Advancement, Dr Anthony Medhurst and several senior colleagues for the inaugural Singapore Alumni Sundowner.

Attended by more than 60 ECU alumni based in Singapore, the event formally introduced ECU’s Office of Advancement to our Singapore community.

I urge all our new graduates to remain in contact with ECU through our Office of Advancement. Not only are we always excited to hear the views of our alumni and learn about their achievements, but we want to establish mutually beneficial relationships with our alumni community locally, nationally and internationally.  

Thank you to all involved in making the weekend’s events such a great success, especially the indefatigable Nicola Roszak and the Corporate Events Team.

 I wish our graduates all the best in the next stage of their careers and encourage them to live by the University’s values of integrity, respect, rational enquiry and personal excellence.

I look forward to meeting more of our students at the ceremonies in Perth this weekend as they graduate from their respective courses.

Professor Kerry O. Cox *

* Professor Kerry Cox was Vice-Chancellor of Edith Cowan University from March 2006 to September 2014.

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