The National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Commencement Class Giving Awards 2012 brought this year’s friendly ‘giving’ competition to a close on a high note. The annual Commencement Class Giving Campaign, which sees the graduating class making gifts to support bursaries and student programmes for their juniors, saw a 3 percent increase in participation rates this year. The Campaign is run across Faculties, Schools, Departments and Halls in a spirit of friendly competition.
The winners of the Campaign were announced by NUS Provost Professor Tan Eng Chye. The Faculty of Engineering won the award for achieving the highest participation rate in the “Faculty of over 1,000 graduating students” category. In the category “Faculty with between 400 – 1,000 graduating students”, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine took the trophy home. With a 100 percent participation rate, Dentistry won the category “Faculty with fewer than 400 graduating students”.
Among the departments, the Department of Pharmacy at the Faculty of Science, and the Division of Industrial Design at the School of Design and Environment received awards for a 100 percent participation rate in the campaign. Under the “Halls of Residences” category, three halls – Kent Ridge Hall, King Edward VII Hall and Raffles Hall – received awards for their high participation as well. This year saw the first batch of Nursing students taking part in the campaign.
The Commencement Class Champions, who played a key role in rallying the students and encouraging participation, received certificates for their hard work and commitment to giving.
NUS Provost Professor Tan Eng Chye said, “Some people may think that student donations are usually small and we should leave it to the corporate giants and the millionaires to donate. I beg to differ. We should never downplay fundraising efforts by students. Each gift from a student, however big or small, is significant, and embodies an admirable spirit that serves as an inspiration to others to similarly remember and help the less privileged amongst us.”
In 1905, NUS was founded thanks to the generosity of local visionaries who raised funds to open a medical school in Singapore. That philanthropic tradition continues in the annual Commencement Class Giving campaign.