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The Singapore Graduation Presentation Ceremony for the Strathclyde MBA programme was held on 22 Nov 2013 at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel. More than 100 guests graced the occasion,  including VIPs, graduates, their families, and staff from Strathclyde Business School and YMCA Education Centre

The ceremony commenced shortly after 7.15pm. Led by a bagpiper playing traditional Scottish music, the presentation procession proceeded to the graduation hall. It comprised Dr Ron Bradfield, Associate Dean (MBA), and Director, Strathclyde Business School UAE, Ms Marianne Nimmo, MBA Operations Director, Strathclyde Business School, Dr Michael Marck, Academic Director, MBA, South-East Asia, Strathclyde Business School, Dr Lim Cheng Hwa, Faculty Member, Strathclyde Business School,  Ms Carolyn Lints, Faculty Member, Strathclyde Business School, Mr Stephen Loh, President, YMCA of Singapore and Mr Jay Tan, General Manager of YMCA Education Centre Ltd.

Dr Ron Bradfield addressing the graduates, their families and invited guests

Dr Ron Bradfield addressing the graduates, their families and invited guests

49 students graduated this year, 5 with distinctions. They received their scrolls from Dr Bradfield, with Dr Marck placing the hood. The distinction holders were honoured with a YMCA Book Prize, which was presented to them by Mr Loh on behalf of YMCA Singapore. In his address, Dr Bradfield congratulated the graduates on their fine achievement, and highlighted the unique qualities of the Strathclyde MBA degree which they had earned.  He also commended YMCA’s fine efforts to ensure a very low drop-out rate and a smooth and timely graduation for the students. He urged the graduates to keep in close contact with the university, through the Alumni network.

Mr Joseph Yeo speaking on behalf of the graduating class of 2013

Mr Joseph Yeo speaking on behalf of the graduating class of 2013

Mr Joseph Yeo who spoke on behalf of the 2013 graduating class, paid a glowing tribute to the MBA course: “The Strathclyde MBA is not just any business course; it is one that has given me the best learning experience in my years of education.” While emphasizing hard work and determination as key to success, Joseph described the camaraderie that emerged from working in teams as an enduring one. He thanked the academics for their professionalism in imparting an all-round education, which gave students ample opportunities for creative expression and apply theories into practice. Joseph also commended the YMCA administrative staff for their support and guidance.

The Singapore Graduation Presentation Ceremony Group Photo

The Singapore Graduation Presentation Ceremony Group Photo

The graduates were in high spirits, savouring the special occasion with their families, friends and peers, cheering one another and by taking group photos. This continued into the buffet dinner which featured a wide spread of items to suit every taste bud.

Graduates Expressing Their Joy

Graduates Expressing Their Joy

Congratulations from all of us here in Glasgow to our colleagues and graduants in Singapore!