Pre-Convocation Ceremony 2014
16th October 2014
Most students dream of the day they don their graduation robes and square caps, walking down the aisle and up onto the stage to receive the scroll that will take them into the next phase in life - the day they graduate.
University Malaya is a prestigious university producing quality graduates yearly. This year, UM has produced another batch of 75 dentists and the faculty is more than proud to hold the Pre Convocation Ceremony to celebrate our fresh graduates’ achievements.
The 2013/2014 Pre Convocation Ceremony took place at Balai Ungku Aziz Auditorium of University Malaya’s Dental Faculty on October 16th 2014 (Thursday). This was an event to be anticipated and though it was an extremely sunny day, it did not stop any graduates from looking fresh-faced, all dressed to impress. Family and friends who came along to witness this memorable event were quickly filling the auditorium foyer and by 2pm, registration for all graduates and awards recipients was open. The registration lasted for about half an hour before family members were seated in the auditorium hall.
The excitement of the entire ceremony escalated with the procession of graduates and academicians into the grand hall at half pass three. It was a majestic moment indeed. The ceremony then began shortly with the singing of the national anthem and the reading of the prayers followed by an inspiring welcoming speech by the Dean, Prof. Dato’ Dr. Zainal Ariff.
Then came the most looked forward to moment, the certificate and prize presentations to all graduates, distinction students, dean’s listers and excellent achievers. Both the ‘Hadiah Buku Universiti” and the “Tun Razak Gold Medal” awards were secured by Dr. Galvinderjeet Kaur Grewal, while Dr. Yap Dey Eng was presented the prestigious “Dr. Sim Tang Eng” award for Aesthetic Dentistry. The ceremony continued with the taking of oath. Dr. Thong Ming Hang then graced the event with his sharing of experiences he and his colleagues have gained together as dental students from the day they laid foot into UM until the day they leave with dignity as respectable dentists.
Finally, the 2013/2014 Pre Convocation Ceremony came to a close with the Universiti Malaya song followed by the procession of academicians and graduates out of the grand hall with music being played in the background. All attendees then proceeded for a quick bite and photography session at the auditorium foyer.
By: Olivia Cheong
Photos courtesy of Tee Yi Ting & Wong Chee Soon