The HELP CAT auditorium is filled to capacity with over 600 of the graduands and their families and friends.
The 6th Convocation of HELP College of Arts and Technology was a joyous event for the 230 graduates who received their degrees, diplomas and professional qualifications on 6 May 2017.
During the ceremony, Datuk Dr Paul Chan congratulated the graduates during his opening speech, “As Chairman of the Board of Directors, I am proud that you have excelled academically. Your success is our pride; your achievements are our success. Armed with the values of HELP, our students and graduates will have the intellectual vigour and moral courage to be persons of character, and the leadership competencies to influence society for the better.”
Professor Datuk Dr Paul Chan, Chairman of the HELP CAT Board of Directors delivers his speech.
Dr Choong Yeow Wei, HELP CAT’s President and CEO also parted some advice for the graduates, “Graduation does not mean the end of your education. Your education, both formal and informal, will continue throughout your career and life…I hope that you will remember and reinforce the friendships and bonds forged here by staying involved in the development of HELP CAT.”
HELP CAT President and CEO Dr Choong Yeow Wei urged the graduands to continue learning after their graduation.
HELP CAT’s senior management and Heads of Centres seated on stage.
Dr Trevor Bolton, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Partnerships) of Anglia Ruskin University, represented ARU at the convocation.
Joel Yek Zong Yong, the 2017 HELP CAT valedictorian, inspired his fellow peers to make the world a better place with the education they’ve received and to persevere till the end. He recounted the struggles he faced before succeeding at HELP, “Life is full of ups and downs, and the secret to success is to never give up.” Joel completed the Anglia Ruskin University Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Computer Science.
Joel Yek (ARU BSc Computer Science with First Class Honours) delivers his valedictory at the convocation.
Among notable graduates, Tan Jeng Yee, graduate of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), received the Datin Chan-Low Kam Yoke Award for Outstanding Achievement. She completed the CAT and ACCA in 3 years with an average score of 75%. She also led the Leo Club of HELP CAT to win the Excellent Club Award 2015/2016 and received the Excellent President 2015/2016 award. She was an organizing chairperson and active volunteer of various charitable and fund raising projects.
Among many other achievers, Heng Puay Boon and Manmeet Singh A/L Manjit Singh received the Baker Tilly ACCA Award. Heng was the best ACCA graduate with an overall average score of 75% and scored 100% in F3: Financial Accounting of the ACCA computer-based examination in November 2013. Manmeet was the best CAT graduate with an overall average score of 84% in the December 2016 exam.
Heng Puay Boon receiving the Baker Tilly Award from Datin Chan-Low Kam Yoke for Best ACCA Graduate with an overall average score of 75% and a score of 100% in paper F3: Financial Accounting of the ACCA exam.
Another towering achievement was Manjeet Singh’s overall average score of 84% in the Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) exam for which he received the Baker Tilly award from Datin Chan-Low Kam Yoke, CEO of the HELP Group.
The first batch of Anglia Ruskin University graduates included two who secured First Class Honours degrees: (from left) Low Wai Kiat (Accounting & Finance) and Joel Yek Zong Yong (Computer Science).
Roslina Shamsuddin receives her Anglia Ruskin MBA scroll from Professor Paul Chan.
Low Chang Song is one of the six HELP CAT students who obtained First Class Honours in the University of London International Programmes – with the difference that he transferred to the London School of Economics after Year I at HELP CAT and graduated there with a First. Chang Song is now doing his MSc in Finance at the LSE.
At Joel Yek’s urging, the graduates rise to face their parents and families in a show of gratitude for supporting their education.
A family affair – mother Marylyn Thoo Guat Boey and daughter Stephanie Chin Shu Wei both graduated with an MBA from Anglia Ruskin University.