GEORGE TOWN, April 20 (Bernama) -- A total of 941 graduates of Universiti
Sains Malaysia (USM) will receive their scrolls at the university''s 45th
convocation which will begin tomorrow.
USM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Omar Osman said 10 of them were the first
batch of students in USM''s new post-graduate programmes, namely Masters in
Counseling, Masters in Social Science and Masters of Science.
"At this year''s convocation, two individuals will receive an honorary degree
and the Professor Emeritus title, 710 will receive their doctorate and master''s
degrees and 229 will receive the Bachelor''s degrees," he told a press conference
He said USM crystallography expert, Prof Fun Hoong Kun, and the
distinguished pioneer of distance education, Tan Sri Prof Emeritus Gajaraj
Dhanarajan, would be conferred with the Honorary Doctorate of Education and the
title of Profesor Emeritus.
Omar said the convocation would be graced by Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed
Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail, who is also USM Chancellor.
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Meanwhile, the recipient of the Masters of Science (Advanved Computer
Network) degree, Norayu Abdul Talib, 30, said she never thought she would be the
first to graduate from the programme.
The Penang-born graduate said the success would boost her spirit to pursue
her doctorate degree in Computer Science.
For Cheah Mei Chan, 24, the feeling to be the first batch of students to
complete the one and a half-year programme and graduate with Masters in
Counseling degree was overwhelming.
"I''m so proud because we are the pioneers of this programme. We don''t have
seniors to guide us, so we have to depend on ourselves," she said, adding that
she was looking forward to serve under the Women, Family and Community
Development to help the underprivileged.
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