A student strums on his guitar at The Deck, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) canteen, while his friends at the table sing along. Suddenly, out of nowhere, they are joined by a flock of a capella singers decked in graduation gowns. The choir chimes in, with singer Vitamin C’s Graduation (friends forever), their clear voices holding their surprised audience spellbound.
What’s going on? It’s the iGraduAID Flash Mob, organised by the graduating FASS class, and the Eusoff Hall choir as a part of the FASS Commencement Class Giving initiative.
Commencement Class Giving is an annual campaign that appeals to graduating students to help their juniors by making a gift. The gifts that they make to the campaign go towards funding bursaries, scholarships and student development programmes at their faculty.
FASS’s iGraduAID initiative aims to raise S$11,250, which will support at least five student bursaries, and they are going about it with a difference. After making their presence felt with the Flash Mob, they are planning a Polaroid photo-taking session, and a graduation celebration at Beer Market, aptly named, Final FASStasy. All the funds raised through FASS Commencement Class Giving will go towards the FASS Student Advancement Bursary fund.
Maryann Quek, Year 2 Sociology major and Eusoff Hall choir volunteer, shares, “I believe that those who truly need assistance should be assisted. I am aware of friends who are not as fortunate as I am. Hence, why not promote a cause that will help them and others who need it too?”
“I hope to help students overcome the rough patch in their lives, and hope they stay positive despite obstacles,” says Xiaoxuan, one of the iGraduAID organisers.
The graduating class of FASS may be leaving NUS, but they plan on going out with a bang, and not before they’ve left a gift for their juniors.
For information on making a gift to NUS, contact Ms Ho Yuen Kwan at (+65) 6516 5755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .