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As the dust settles on this year’s convocation ceremonies, past valedictorians had inspiring words for the Class of 2017.

From the elaborate gowns to the mortar boards, convocation ceremonies are always a sight to behold. In the blink of an eye, wide-eyed freshmen have grown into confident graduates, and as they saunter on stage to receive their degree certificates, their family and friends in the audience erupt into thunderous applause.

This year, nearly 9,600 graduates were conferred bachelor’s or higher education degrees during 19 convocation ceremonies held from 26 July to 3 August 2017 at the Nanyang Auditorium.

Among the graduating class were 34 Lee Kuan Yew Medallists, which is awarded to the top student in their respective programmes, and 12 Koh Boon Hwee Scholars Award winners, which recognises outstanding students and the teachers who have made a difference in their learning journey.

Even against the gloomy backdrop of economic uncertainty, more than 60 percent of graduates have already received job offers from local and international companies, testament to NTU’s excellent reputation among employers.

“Despite the uncertain economic conditions, about two in three of our graduates this year have secured jobs before graduation,” said NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson to the Class of 2017. “This shows the high standing of NTU graduates with employers.”

“Although you have graduated, NTU will be your lifelong partner at the various stages of your career development in your learning journey.” he added.

As a new batch of graduates are inducted into the ranks of NTU alumni, NTULink took the opportunity to check in with seven valedictorians from previous graduating classes, to see what they’ve been up to and what advice they have for their juniors.

 

CLASS OF 2017 AT A GLANCE

​9,595* ​Graduates in total
​6,307 ​Bachelor’s Degree graduates
​3,341 ​Higher Degree graduates
​71 ​Pioneer graduates from the Public Policy and Global Affairs programme
195 ​Bachelor’s graduates receiving double degrees
​649 ​Graduates receiving Doctorate degrees
​2,692 ​Graduates receiving Master’s degrees

 *Consists of bachelor’s degree graduates, higher degree graduates and 53 Renaissance Engineering Programme graduates who are each awarded a bachelor and Master’s degree


 

A flight of passion

When Mr Saravanan first graduated, he settled for a job that paid well but did not align with his interests. He later realised that passion trumped paycheque and decided to seek another job that truly appealed to him. He now works at Airbus as a researcher and project manager.

“I develop solutions to the challenges facing aircraft maintenance, repair and operations, adapting state-of-the- art technologies to the specific needs of the highly regulated aircraft maintenance industry,” said Mr Saravanan, an avid marathon runner.

For recent graduates who may be uncertain of their career goals or worried about making wrong career decisions, Mr Saravanan assures them: It’s okay!

“Don’t let the fear of making mistakes stop you from trying new things. Step out of your comfort zone, and if you fail, you’ll still learn something compared to someone who didn’t try at all.”

A Saravanan
Bachelor of Engineering
(Electrical & Electronic Engineering), Class of 2016

 
Article and Images Credits: NTU Link Issue 99 
 
 
Published on 31 October 2017