More than 1000 graduates of RMIT Vietnam are celebrating their achievements in front of more than 2500 family members, friends and supporters at three ceremonies that were held this week in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
The group of 509 Bachelor of Business graduates is the largest graduating cohort, with 133 of them from the Bachelor of Business (International Business) program. The second-largest group of graduates is from the Bachelor of Communication (Professional Communication) program with 106, followed by the Bachelor of Commerce with 99.
This year, the diversity of RMIT Vietnam’s student body is once again on display, with 67 international students from 24 different countries completing their studies.
RMIT University Vice-Chancellor and President Martin Bean CBE told graduates attending the Ho Chi Minh City ceremony that they had all been united by a determination to gain knowledge and experience to prepare them for life and work.
“No matter how or when you joined us, you all shared a desire to learn and to succeed,” he said.
Martin emphasised that the degrees they received are an achievement that requires commitment, determination, tenacity and sacrifice.
He said he was proud that the University had given graduates the confidence, knowledge, skills and connections they need to succeed.
“And as you walk forward, remember that change will be constant, and courage is the key,” he said.
“Your success will lie in the moments when you stumble, in the moments when you doubt, in the moments when you have to draw on the inspiration you feel as you stand here today – fuelling your determination to pick yourself up and take the next step.
“It’s in those moments when everything you’ve learned at RMIT will count.”
Vice Chairman of National Assembly Committee for Culture, Education, Youth and Children Mr Pham Tat Thang attended the ceremony in Hanoi, recognising RMIT’s valuable contribution not only in providing quality education, but also in sharing expertise with the greater education community in Vietnam.
He addressed the 2018 graduates in Hanoi: “I am confident that with the knowledge and the skills that you have developed at RMIT, you will be successful and become good citizens who will make meaningful contributions to your organisations, community and our country in this ever-changing world,” he said.
“You should keep in mind that your learning journey does not stop at graduation. Today marks the milestone at which you enter the society as its full member, and is the start of a life-long process of self-learning and continual striving, which is very important so that you are not left behind.”
At the Ho Chi Minh City ceremony, Trish Franklin AO, the Founder and former Program Coordinator of the Loreto Vietnam-Australia Program, was awarded an honorary doctorate from RMIT. Ms Franklin led the Vietnam-based INGO for 20 years.
Loreto has provided quality education for more than 60,000 Vietnamese children in Ho Chi Minh City, Tien Giang, Tra Vinh, An Giang, Ca Mau and Phu Yen.
RMIT’s newest graduates join a diverse and far-reaching global network of 400,000 alumni living and working in over 130 countries.
A virtual community, Network RMIT, will make it even easier for RMIT alumni to connect, share their memories and reach out to each other as they grow their professional networks and move through their career.
Vice-Chancellor Martin Bean encouraged graduates to stay connected and walk through life together.
“Turn to each other, turn to your support networks of family, friends and colleagues, as you continue your great journey of learning. In that connection will be your courage, and in that courage will be your success,” he said.