Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Stirling
The fact you are graduating in 2021 is testament to your talent and hard work, but also to your strength of character and your resilience.
Professor McCormac said: “Congratulations to our Stirling graduates from SIM. We’re all particularly proud of our 2021 graduates, because, not only have you achieved your academic potential, but you have done so under the most difficult of circumstances. You have had to adapt to online lessons and assessments, while facing significant additional changes and challenges in your personal lives too.
“The fact you are graduating in 2021 is testament to your talent and hard work, but also to your strength of character and your resilience.”
Professor Wei Kwok Kee said: “Congratulations to SIM and the University of Stirling graduates on your achievements. I know many of you will be disappointed you are not able to graduate at a physical ceremony, but that should not temper the spirit of celebrating your achievements. You have not only obtained a highly recognised degree, but more than 90 per cent of you will be graduating with honours. Well done, graduates, we are very proud of you."
Never stop learning and keep asking questions – I made the mistake of not clarifying things I wasn’t sure of at the start. Make like-minded friends that can encourage and push you, and learn from one another.
Gerald Choo Chang Sheng is graduating with a first in Retail Marketing. He said: “Studying at Stirling has equipped me with the knowledge I need prior to entering the marketing world. The relevant modules, and the insights and materials provided by the lecturers and tutors, have prepared me for post-university life and the workforce.
“I believe that, with what I have gained through this course, I will be able to produce quality work and excel in my future marketing career.”
Gerald had this advice for the new cohort of students arriving at SIM to begin their studies: “Never stop learning and keep asking questions – I made the mistake of not clarifying things I wasn’t sure of at the start. Make like-minded friends that can encourage and push you, and learn from one another.”
Leow Shu Fang Cheryl is graduating in Sustainable Events Management. She said: “One of the advantages of studying at Stirling was the opportunity to connect with instructors from other countries, which provided me with valuable exposure to the events/business management industry.
“The lecturers and tutors taught me something that I believe I could not acquire from a textbook because they often include their personal experiences, making learning more interesting and fun for us.
“The course also gave me the opportunity to plan and execute real-life events, giving me great exposure in the events sector. At Stirling, you learn and develop both hard and soft skills, which will be very useful in the workplace.”
The graduates will join a Stirling alumni community of almost 100,000 worldwide.