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SIM-University of Southampton graduates urged to ‘be phenomenal’

17 Jan 2018

Singapore's recent wet and cold weather did little to dampen the spirits of this year's graduating cohort from the SIM - University of Southampton Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Marketing programme.

The ceremony saw 45 students, including five with First Class Honours, presented with their degree scrolls.

In his address Dr Lee Kwok Cheong, Chief Executive Officer at SIM Global Education, painted a world that is rapidly evolving and increasingly connected, and gave advice on what graduates need in order to thrive in it.

"Just a couple of years ago, many of us would not have thought about paying for a plate of chicken rice using anything other than cash...but today, some hawker centres are already accepting mobile payments," Dr Lee said.

Dr Lee encouraged graduates to celebrate, but do so with gratitude and humility, as only nine per cent of people worldwide have a bachelor's degree.

"Even the humble hawker knows the importance of adapting and keeping up," he added. He urged them to adopt a global mindset and remain adaptable and flexible in order to succeed.

In her valedictorian address, Ms Nicole Low Yi Xuan encouraged graduates to 'be phenomenal or be forgotten' and to remember that the real challenge and journey begins in the workplace.

Also in attendance to celebrate with the graduating cohort were His Excellency Mr Scott Wightman CMG (British High Commissioner to Singapore) and Professor Colin Grant, Vice-President (International), University of Southampton.

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