Keris College, Ipoh held its 14th Convocation ceremony at the grand ballroom of Syeun Hotel, Ipoh on Friday, July 21. The auspicious occasion saw a total of 89 graduates receiving their diploma scrolls from the guest of honour, Aznan bin Haji Alias, Perak Education Department Head of Special and Private Education Sector, who represented Hj Mat Lazim bin Idris, Director of Perak State Education Department.

“Congratulations to all graduates. Your success is worth celebrating with your parents and loved ones.

“Today marks the beginning of a developed and fair Malaysia. Your achievements will contribute towards the advancement of our beloved nation,” said Aznan.

Lee Chin Yee, who graduated with a Diploma in Hotel and Tourism Management, was named valedictorian of Keris College's Class of 2017.

Lee, in her acceptance speech, congratulated her fellow graduates for reaching another milestone in their lives.

“The sacrifices made and hard work put in have finally paid off today. Graduation is not an end, but the beginning of a new life and new challenges,” remarked Lee, who is currently working as a banquet captain at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa in Penang.

When asked what her secret to success was, Lee replied, “It’s all about attitude. If you want to be successful, you need to be positive and proactive.”

Choi Jack Son, Chief Executive Officer of Keris College, urged the graduates to have the courage to make mistakes and to learn from them.

“Learning new things depends on self-willingness; you can't discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. We need not be reminded that education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. And no matter where you end up in life, be confident and proud of yourselves,” Choi concluded.

Leanne Tan