It is the second semester of the Academic Year 12/13 at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and while many graduating students are rushing to finish their Final Year Projects, 22 students from the Faculty of Engineering have taken on the task of fulfilling one more University tradition before graduation – the Commencement Class Giving campaign.
For the seventh year running, graduating classes across NUS are coming together to raise funds as a gift to the juniors at their Faculties. The gifts will contribute to student support.
Andy Sim, Commencement Class champion, Bioengineering student, says, “After all these years in NUS, this is just one way in which I can give back to the University that has given me so much. The Faculty of Engineering is huge and the Commencement Class campaign is also a great way to unite students from different programmes as one graduating class.”
Andy and his team set up a ‘Giving’ booth in their home Faculty to raise funds and awareness of giving. Contributors received a unique hand-shaped luggage tag as a “thank you” for their support. They also conducted a mass appeal to Year Four students during a module lecture by Dr Yan Wenming.
Professor Victor Shim, Engineering, Vice Dean (External Relations Office), says, “In future, more of the Faculty’s initiatives will need to be funded through the generosity of our own community and alumni. Commencement Class Giving provides our students an opportunity to give back to the institution where they have been nurtured and prepared for working life. I also hope that knowing that other students are giving to their Faculties will motivate them to demonstrate the strength of their support for the Faculty of Engineering.”
Surani Perera, another Commencement Class champion at the Faculty of Engineering, says, “I wouldn’t have made it to NUS if not for a generous scholarship that I was awarded by a non-profit organization. Volunteering to collect funds which will benefit my juniors is my way of paying it forward.”
Are you graduating and interested in making a gift to your Faculty? To find out more about Commencement Class Giving 2013, click here.