MK27: A Convocation to RememberWebmaster
Our 27th Convocation was an absolute blast, a celebration of triumphs that had everyone buzzing with excitement. So, let’s dive into what made this convocation a true standout.
Of the total number of 5,260 graduates from 59 different programmes, exactly 3,922 turned up. They travelled from near and far, crossing land and sky to make it to the convocation at Dewan Merdeka, World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur.
From 14 to 17 October, we had 7 morning and afternoon sessions, giving each graduate their time to shine like the superstars they are.
For the first time in our two-decade history, OUM awarded a medal to 752 graduates who received a pass with distinction. They wore the medal with pride around their neck as they went onstage to receive their scroll from the Pro Chancellor, Tan Sri Azman Hashim.
The majority received bachelor’s degrees, while the rest received doctorates, master’s degrees, postgraduate diplomas, and diplomas. It was a sea of graduation gowns and mortarboards!
In the first session, three senior citizens with a zest for knowledge were honoured with an Award for Lifelong Learning. They were Krishnan Arunasalam, 90, (MBA); Jane Magdalene Vimola Lazar, 75, (Master of Counselling); and Normah Hanum Ibrahim, 77 (Bachelor of Psychology).
They are proof that there is no age limit for education. As long as you have the desire and determination to study, you can.
The President’s Award was presented to Hasnida Abd Hamid, 37, (Master of Quality Management) for the postgraduate category and Hema Letchumy Periakauder, 25, (Bachelor of Management with Honours) for the undergraduate category. While Hasnida is in between jobs, Hema is an associate at Ernst & Young Malaysia.
In the third session, two graduates were honoured with an award for academic excellence by OUM in collaboration with the Malaysian Society for Occupational Safety and Health (MSOSH). They were Muhamad Fazli Zohri, 35, an occupational health and safety (OSH) officer at Tetra Pak, who completed the Master of OSH Risk Management, and Syaifirul Adli Ishak, 29, a HSSE delivery technician at Petronas Gas Berhad, who graduated with a Bachelor of OSH Management with Honours.
The final session was memorable as well. Two inmates from Kota Kinabalu Prison received their scrolls for completing their Diploma in Management. Also graduating with the same diploma was a former inmate from Kajang Prison, who was released last April. He too wore a medal for passing with distinction, proving that education can truly change lives.
This 27th Convocation wasn’t just about academic accomplishments, it was also about people who faced adversity and still chased their dreams. They came from all walks of life, but they all had one thing in common: they’re fans of OUM’s flexible learning methods. From online classes to discussions, assignments, and even exams, they aced it all.
This convocation is a reminder that no matter where you start or what challenges you face, with determination and the right education, the sky’s the limit.