A grand return to in-person graduation ceremonies for James Cook University in Singapore
Close to 600 students crossed the stage in the first physical James Cook University, Singapore graduation ceremonies since the COVID-19 pandemic.
On 13 August 2022, James Cook University (JCU) in Singapore held its first physical graduation ceremonies in two-and-a-half years at the Sands Grand Ballroom in the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre, celebrating the achievements of 592 graduates.
Graduands were joined by family and friends to celebrate their academic achievements at the first of such ceremonies the University has been able to host since the introduction of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremonies, which comprised of a morning session and an afternoon session, extended to graduates who missed out on a physical graduation ceremony over the past two-and-a-half years. The ceremonies were also livestreamed so that family and friends from around the world who could not join graduands in-person could still tune in to watch them.
Measures and restrictions to curb the spread of the virus meant that many of JCU’s previous graduation celebrations had to take place exclusively online. Nevertheless, health and safety measures were still observed during the physical ceremonies, including mask-wearing when not speaking or receiving an award, and ensuring that visitors were fully vaccinated.
Professor Chris Rudd OBE, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Head of Campus, Singapore at JCU, said, “Between the COVID-19 pandemic and a turbulent economic and geopolitical landscape, our graduating students have completed their studies amidst some really challenging circumstances. They deserve all the credit for everything they have achieved. As graduation is a time of great pride for graduands and their families, I am thrilled that we were able to make our grand return to physical graduation ceremonies and share the joy of our graduates as we celebrate their achievements.”
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Last updated: 29 August 2022