Yet another cohort of NUS graduates is about to head out into the world. Among them is Chen Wei Kean, Faculty of Engineering (FoE). The Final Year was gruelling but Wei Kean decided to take on one more challenge… encouraging his cohort to make gifts to the annual Commencement Class Giving campaign, which supports bursaries, scholarships and student development programmes at Faculties.
The Commencement Class Giving campaign is a celebration of individual success and the spirit of solidarity among NUS students.
Wei Kean, who volunteered to be a Commencement Class Champion for FoE, says, “When running a lap, you don’t just dash through the finish line and celebrate your own victory. You look back to see who is behind you and lend a helping hand if needed.”
To raise funds and awareness of giving, Wei Kean and his team of about 19 FoE students spoke to fellow students and set up “Giving” booths as a part of FoE’s Commencement Class campaign. He also spoke to juniors about Commencement Class Giving and the need to help others as he feels that the awareness needs to be created early on. Quoting businessman Russell Simmons, he says “If you learn late, you pass it on to people so they can learn early. It’s a step process.”
Wei Kean is one of 48 Commencement Class champions. Another was Xiaoxuan from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), which put their own spin on the Commencement Class Giving tradition. FASS organised iGraduAID, which kicked off with a surprising flash mob at The Deck foodcourt and ended in high spirits with an exciting graduation party, aptly named Final FASStasy.
Xiaoxuan says, “I hope to help students overcome the rough patch in their lives, and hope they stay positive despite obstacles.”
Wei Kean says, “I have received so much during my years at NUS and I want to give others the opportunities that I had. This is about doing your bit to create a level playing field and giving everyone a chance.”
Associate Professor David Chua, who is facilitating FoE’s Commencement Class Giving programme, is proud of the students’ efforts to help their juniors. He says, “Commencement Class Giving instills in these young men and women, who are stepping out into the world, a sense of their responsibility to society. With this gift, they celebrate their own success but keep in mind that they are a part of a bigger world and they have a duty to help those who come after them. And it also makes for better bonding between the cohorts.”
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