344 graduates took centre stage in DISTED College’s 27th Convocation Ceremony, which was held at a leading hotel in Penang on June 30. The event, which was splendidly celebrated, saw these students being conferred their diplomas and degrees in various disciplines.
The convocation ceremony witnessed 149 graduates receiving their degree from the college’s partner from the United Kingdom, Staffordshire University. This year’s cohort of Staffordshire University graduates produced its biggest group of First Class Honours graduates with 18 students receiving this prestigious accolade. It is the first time the DISTED – Staffordshire partnership achieved such an astounding feat and both graduates and lecturers are pleased with the achievement.
The ceremony also witnessed the 3rd batch of eight graduates from the college’s collaborative partnership with HELP University in conferring its renowned Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) degree.
This year also saw the graduation of 187 of DISTED’s very own diploma and certificate students in the area of business, accounting, hospitality management, creative multimedia, information technology, computer science and Intensive English. Of these diploma graduates, 159 of them also earned the coveted Dual-Award diploma from DISTED as well as the Higher National Diploma (HND) as awarded by the Business and Technology Educational Council (BTEC) of UK.
The convocation ceremony was officiated by the Chairperson of DISTED’s Board of Directors Dato Seri Stephen Yeap. He was joined by members of DISTEDs Board of Directors, Professor Ieuan Ellis, Pro Vice Chancellor for Partnerships and Region representing Staffordshire University, UK and Dr Prihadi Kususanto representing HELP University.
Dr Seah Soo Aun, President & CEO of DISTED College began his opening speech by commending on the high quality of graduands at this year’s ceremony. “A graduation is a ceremony meant to celebrate every individual’s success over the many years of struggle and hard work,” he said. “I would like to salute and congratulate all 344 graduates that will be receiving their scrolls today”, Dr Seah continued.
Also present was Dato Seri Dr Kelvin Kiew, Chairman & President of Mini Circuits Technologies of Malaysia. He congratulated the graduands, and presented his words of wisdom and motivation from his academic and extensive industry experiences to the graduates.
Part of the ceremony’s proceedings include the awarding of the President’s Trophy to the Best Graduating Diploma Student and Valedictorian, Ms Elizabeth Khoo Woon Lynn who obtained her Diploma in Business Studies. Elizabeth said “DISTED is a great place to acquire and learn industry-related knowledge and skills. Moreover, the lecturers and staff here are very helpful and will not hesitate to lend you a hand under any circumstances,” she said.
Wong Shu Wen who obtained First Class Honours in the BA (Hons.) Marketing Management from Staffordshire University was the recipient of the Chairman’s Gold Medal for the Best Graduating Degree Student, and Valedictorian. “Being a diploma graduate of DISTED, I was given the opportunity to pursue my degree in the Staffordshire University Business program at DISTED without having to spend a lot of money in the UK. This is indeed a wonderful arrangement,” Wong said.
Other Outstanding Degree graduates include top achievers Ho Yu Heng for BA (Hons.) Accounting & Finance, Koh Hui Ling for BA (Hons.) Business Management, Chew Pei Ying for BA (Hons.) Events Management, Ooi Yun Lin for BA (Hons.) International Business Management, Shannon Benjamin Sim Shang Yue for BSc (Hons.) Business Information Systems Management and Sophiyanah A/P David Christopher for B. Psychology (Hons.).
Outstanding Diploma Graduates include Ch’ng Jay Min for Diploma in Accounting, Lim Fang Wei for Diploma in Business Information Technology, Lee Wen Jun for Diploma in Computer Science, Jonathan Chow Hoong Khun for Diploma in Creative Multimedia Production and Lee Huei Theng for Diploma in Hospitality Business Management. Lim Kai Kei was the recipient of Outstanding Certificate Graduate for Certificate in Intensive English.
It was a momentous day for all the graduates who will begin their career on a high note and who will make their family and the DISTED fraternity proud of them.