Graduating Class of 2015 holding their scrolls proudly. PUTRAJAYA, 13 October – It was a proud day for UniKL's Class of 2015 as they were honoured and celebrated in Universiti Kuala Lumpur's 12th Convocation Ceremony held at the Putrajaya International Convocation Centre (PICC) from 10 – 13 October 2015. The time-honoured annual tradition was graced by His Royal Highness Crown Prince of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Al-Haj Ibni Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah, the Chancellor of UniKL. The 4-day convocation ceremony celebrates the achievements of 5, 549 graduating students in a formal and custom-filled ceremony for the conferral of PhD's, Master's degree, Bachelor's degree, Diplomas and Professional Certificates from UniKL's 14 institutes and 12 campuses nationwide.
The 12th Convocation also saw the proclamation of YB Dato' Seri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob as the Pro Chancellor of UniKL. This proclamation comes as YB Dato' Seri Ismail was recently appointed as the Minister in the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development (KKLW). YB Dato' Seri Ismail in his delivery speech proclaims, "This proclamation comes as a huge honour and responsibility to me as we continue to strive together to make UniKL an APEX university in MARA Technical, Vocational and Education Training (TVET) of the nation and hopefully we can achieve our target to be one of the best in Asia, if not the world one day, God-willing".
The 12th convocation ceremony was made even more memorable as UniKL conferred the Honourary Doctorate to two distinguished and celebrated personalities in Professor Dr. Philip Kotler and Dato' Mohd Ridzuan Abdul Halim.
Prof. Dr. Philip Kotler is the world's famous Marketing guru and was conferred the Honourary Doctorate of Management for his immense contribution in the marketing and business world. He is known as the father of modern marketing, and UniKL through the collaboration with Kotler Impact, aims to bring the Kotler Business Programme and establish the Kotler Center for Advanced Marketing to provide high value undergraduate business programmes, post graduate programmes and advanced training for professionals via UniKL's business school.
Dato' Mohd Ridzuan Abdul Halim meanwhile was once the longest serving CEO in a government body. He joined MARA at the age of 29 as a senior accountant and was appointed as MARA Director General at the age of 38. It was during his time tenure in office that many of today's components of UniKL were founded and developed. Due to his unique and diverse contribution to the society. UniKL in recognition of his contribution conferred the Honourary Doctorate of Management to YBhg. Dato Mohd Ridzuan Abdul Halim.
A special congratulations goes to Muhammad Afiq Aiman Salimee, graduate of UniKL MIAT for his Chancellor's Award, the highest recognition given to a graduate student which was presented by His Royal Highness Chancellor himself. UniKL's 12th Convocation ceremony saw 25 graduates receiving the Council and President's award as well as President's award in recognition for their sterling efforts.
The Chancellor of UniKL, His Royal Highness Crown Prince of Pahang, Tuanku Abdullah Al-Haj Ibni Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah in his royal address to the graduating students reminded them of their responsibility in always upholding the image of the institution and the country.
He says "A positive image is a critical factor which can contribute to the country's stable economy. Lately however, it is sad to note that there are a few incidents in the country that has undermine our positive image as a nation where people of all races, religions and backgrounds are able to live in peace and harmony with one another.
These untoward incidents requires us to take a step back and mull over our actions. We have to go back to the basics of respecting and being sensitive towards each other's culture, values and religious beliefs, a foundation on which our forefathers built this country upon. Today I call upon all graduates to face this issue and act on the challenges that we are facing. We must be thankful for and uphold the freedom and peace that our forefathers fought for with their lives. We have to move forward together, and do not let the ailment caused by division among us, which once troubled the previous generation, plague us again."
Meanwhile, Prof. Dato' Dr. Mazliham Mohd Su'ud, President and Chief Executive Officer of UniKL in his address to the graduating students reminded them of never forgetting their roots, no matter how high they soar, "What will you do with the knowledge that you have gained whilst at UniKL? How will you contribute towards the nation? The scroll you are holding today is just a piece paper, but a powerful one that can be the key to unlock many opportunities later in life. Use all the knowledge that you have gained wisely, and use them for the benefit of humanity. Use them to chase your dreams in the field of your interest, but always remember where it all began. No matter how high you ascend, no matter how tall you stand, do not forget us here. Look back once in a while, to the corridors of knowledge where you once occupied."
Besides the tradition filled ceremony, graduating students also enjoyed top-class entertainment with performances by Faizal Tahir, Black of Mentor, Adira of AF and few other notable stars during the 4-day ceremony. A convocation carnival was also organised throughout the event at the foyer area of PICC greeting all visitors, majority of which consist of family members and friends of the graduates. Visitors were entertained with myriad of cultural performances, choir performances, exhibitions and sales booth, all led by UniKL students and staffs.
The tradition and time-honoured Universiti Kuala Lumpur's 12th Convocation Ceremony at PICC from 10-13 October 2015
The Carnival-like atmosphere greeting parents and visitors to UniKL's 12th Convocation ceremony.
The Chancellor of UniKL, His Royal Highness Crown Prince of Pahang, Tuanku Abdullah, 'Always uphold the image of yourself and the country, and protect the peace and harmony of the nation.'
YB Dato Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob during his proclamation as the Pro Chancellor of UniKL, ' I will do my best in my capacity as the Minister of Rural and Regional Development to take UniKL to greater heights.'
Prof. Dato' Dr. Mazliham Mohd Su'ud, President and Chief Executive Officer of UniKL,' No matter how high you soar, never forget the ground that your feet stands on.'
Prof. Dr. Philip Kotler in accepting his Honourary Doctorate,' We are all brands, and to be successful we need to market ourselves well to our future prospects'.
Dato' Mohd Ridzuan Abdul Halim in accepting his Honourary Doctorate, "Instill in yourself that you must work smart, always work smart, as it is more valued compared to working hard."
Muhammad Afiq Aiman Salimee in his Chancellor's Award acceptance speech, "No matter what you do, always give your best shot."
The Chancellor and Pro-chancellors of UniKL with the 25 graduates who received special awards for their sterling performances.
Faizal Tahir rendering his famous Assalamualaikum to the amusement of the crowd.
UniKL' choir team entertaining the audiences throughout the 4-day ceremony.
Mohamed Zamir Anuar Bashah