More than 1500 graduands walked proudly across the stage in five ceremonies at Saigon South campus and the Hanoi Opera House to collect a testamur for their newly-acquired academic degrees.
The Vice-Chancellor of RMIT University, Martin Bean CBE, told the audience of graduands and their parents that the qualifications students have gained will make them attractive to many employers in growth industries of today and tomorrow.
“Our degrees give our graduates the chance to succeed in the global economy and achieve their dreams, whatever they are,” he said.
“As university graduates, you are not only ready for life and work, but you have truly equipped yourself for the future – an exciting one at that.”
RMIT Vietnam President Professor Gael McDonald congratulated the fresh graduates on their achievement.
“This is a wonderful accomplishment. However, it is not yours alone, and I would like you to acknowledge the important people in your life, your families and friends who have supported you towards achieving this goal,” she said.
Professor McDonald commented on the University’s emphasis on producing graduates who stand out and make a difference in the world.
“RMIT Vietnam has been growing and developing, ensuring that the range of programs continues to reflect the needs of industry and that our teaching is of the highest quality,” she said.
“This year, one area we’ve focused on is fully integrating real world projects into assessments and classroom learning. That’s been part of ensuring you are truly ‘work ready’ upon graduation.”
A highlight of this year’s ceremonies was the conferring of an Honorary Doctorate on Mr Trevor Tappenden, a Board member of Museums Victoria, for his outstanding contribution to RMIT University, especially to its Vietnam campus.
As one of the inaugural directors of RMIT Vietnam, Mr Tappenden has been instrumental in the successful development and expansion of RMIT Vietnam’s operations.
RMIT Vietnam’s highly prestigious President’s Awards were conferred on outstanding graduates Phan Le Thanh Truc from Saigon South campus and Dang Nghinh Xuan from Hanoi City campus, both of whom graduated with distinction and impressive achievements in areas outside their studies.
Truc graduated with a Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance) degree and was involved in numerous student and social activities throughout her time at RMIT Vietnam. She was a core member of SAT, a past-President of RMIT Business Club, and current President of Golden Key – RMIT Vietnam Chapter.
Xuan, Bachelor of Communication (Professional Communication) graduate, served as President of the student group Current Media, as Deputy Head of Communication for the Vietnamese Youth Model United Nations, and as a representative of RMIT Vietnam’s Hanoi campus at the Unilever Ambassadors Programme.
Addressing her fellow graduates, Xuan said: “It feels like goodbye, but don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because the most beautiful time of our lives has just happened. Today, our university life ends, but the future awaits.”
Story: Hoang Ha