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ABOUT
CONVOCATION

Our heartiest congratulations on your successful admission to SMU! Welcome to A Different U.

Convocation marks the start of your meaningful and memorable journey at SMU. Our faculty and student leaders will officially welcome you into the SMU family with pomp and celebration. Sit back and enjoy the dazzling and spectacular performances by SMU's very own performing arts groups. It will be an unforgettable evening for you and your family.

 
 

UNIVERSITY MACE

The SMU mace is the official symbol of authority, prestige and power of our university. Featuring a retro-modernist outlook, the mace incorporates the traditional metaphors with modern aesthetics that marks the 21st century beginnings of a university.

The "SINGAPORE 2000" text at the top of the headset represents hierarchy, with the country and state at the very pinnacle. Three sectional banners bear the symbol of the "Tangram Lion" representing SMU, and they serve to encourage us to continue uphold the values of SMU in innovative pedagogy, research and educational excellence. Three jadeite inserts on the sides symbolize the staff and students of SMU, the community at large and Singapore.

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GONFALONS

Headed by the University gonfalon, student representatives will precede with the School gonfalons during the Grand Procession. The University gonfalon is adorned by the SMU crest with the signature Blue and Gold. The School gonfalons represent the six different schools in SMU, each bearing the school's name and their respective school colours.

Ceremonial &
Official Gowns

At Convocation, the Guest of Honour, SMU Pro-Chancellor, Chairman, President, Provost and faculty will be dressed in the SMU ceremonial and official gowns. These gowns are in royal blue with gold trimmings and SMU crests embroidery. The gown is worn with blue mortarboard with gold tassel.

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Grand Procession

Opening Remarks

Mr Ho Kwon Ping

Chairman, SMU Board of Trustees

Keynote Address

Ms Yong Ying-I

Permanent Secretary, Public Service Division
Permanent Secretary, National Research Foundation
Prime Minister's Office

Welcome Address

Professor Arnoud De Meyer

President, SMU

SMUSA President Address

Mr Lim Ser Kiat

President, SMU Students' Association (SMUSA)

Students' Pledge

Presentation of Awards and Scholarships

Tea Reception

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Ceremony Programme

 
 
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Speakers' Profile

Mr Ho Kwon Ping

Chairman, Board of Trustees
Singapore Management University

Mr Ho Kwon Ping is Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings, which owns both listed and private companies engaged in the development, ownership and operation of hotels, resorts, spas, residential homes, retail galleries and other lifestyle activities around the world.

Born in 1952, Ho Kwon Ping was educated in Tunghai University, Taiwan; Stanford University, California and the University of Singapore. He worked as a broadcast and financial journalist and was the Economics Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review. He joined the family business in 1981. In 1994, after the success of rehabilitating an abandoned tin mine into Laguna Phuket, Asia's first integrated resort, he launched Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts. Banyan Tree has grown to more than 30 hotels and resorts, over 60 spas and close to 80 retail galleries, ....

Speakers' Profile

Mr Ho Kwon Ping

Chairman, Board of Trustees
Singapore Management University

as well as three golf courses. With a strong presence in China, Banyan Tree currently has over 20 projects under development.

In May 2000, Mr Ho was conferred an honorary doctorate by Johnson & Wales University, and later received the London Business School 2005 Entrepreneurship Award. In 2008, he was named CEO of the Year at the Singapore Corporate Awards. In 2009, he was the recipient of the Hospitality Lifetime Achievement Award at the China Hotel Investment Summit in Shanghai. As Chairman of Singapore Management University (SMU), Mr Ho was awarded the Singapore Government's Meritorious Service Medal for his contribution in the founding of SMU. In 2010, he became the first Asian to receive the ACA (American Creativity Association) Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his creativity and ....

Speakers' Profile

Mr Ho Kwon Ping

Chairman, Board of Trustees
Singapore Management University

innovation in various spheres of endeavour. In 2011, he was voted top Thinker in Singapore in the Yahoo! Singapore 9 Awards, a testament to his business innovations and leadership in civic causes. The year 2012 saw Mr Ho awarded with CNBC's Travel Business Leader Award Asia Pacific 2012, in addition to being named to the board of Diageo, a British multinational.

Mr Ho is married to Claire Chiang, Senior Vice President, Banyan Tree Holdings Limited. They have three children – two sons and a daughter.

Speakers' Profile

Ms Yong Ying-I

Permanent Secretary, Public Service Division
Permanent Secretary, National Research Foundation
Prime Minister's Office

Ms Yong is a career public servant who has served in various agencies including Ministries of Finance, Trade & Industry, Home Affairs, Communications & IT, Manpower and Health, the last two of which as their Permanent Secretary. An economist and MBA by training, she was the founding CEO of the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), the founding Chairman of the Workforce Development Agency and served as Principal Private Secretary to then-Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. She presently helms the Public Service Division of the Prime Minister's Office as the Singapore Government's chief human resource officer, with the goal of sustaining a first class Public Service. She also guides the Public Service to be future-ready, to be better prepared for longer term challenges and risks.

Speakers' Profile

Ms Yong Ying-I

Permanent Secretary, Public Service Division
Permanent Secretary, National Research Foundation
Prime Minister's Office

She leads the National Research Foundation, which is the Prime Minister's programme office guiding the nation's research innovation and enterprise strategies, funding research programmes nation-wide and catalysing new capability development. She is Chairman of the Civil Service College, as well as Chairman of IDA. She also serves on the Boards of the Singapore China Foundation and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

Speakers' Profile

Professor
Arnoud De Meyer

President
Singapore Management University

Professor De Meyer is the fourth President of Singapore Management University. Previously, he was Director of Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge where he was Professor of Management Studies and Fellow of Jesus College. He was associated for 23 years with INSEAD where he held various senior academic and administrative positions, including founding Dean of INSEAD's Asia Campus in Singapore.

Professor De Meyer has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, MBA and PhD in Management from the University of Ghent in Belgium. He also pursued his studies as a visiting scholar at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA).

Speakers' Profile

Professor
Arnoud De Meyer

President
Singapore Management University

Professor De Meyer has been consultant to a number of companies throughout Europe and Asia. He is an external director of Dassault Systemes SA (France), as well as a board member of the National Research Foundation, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce and Temasek Management Services.

Speakers' Profile

Mr Lim Ser Kiat

President
SMU Students' Association (SMUSA)

Mr Lim Ser Kiat is the President of SMU Students' Association where he leads 14th SMUSA Executive Committee and the 10th Students' Association Council in serving the student body to ensure that all interests are met.

Ser Kiat was an emcee with SMU Broadcast & Entertainment (SMUBE), where he hosted several University wide events including the opening and closing ceremonies of Freshmen Team Building (FTB) 2013. A competitive sportsman turned Salsa dancer, Ser Kiat joined SMU Caderas Latinas and performed with the club at Bailamos (SMU Salsa Festival) and Convocation 2013.

His passion to serve the student body stems from his memorable SMU experience since a freshman. He has served in numerous organizing committees and ....

Speakers' Profile

Mr Lim Ser Kiat

President
SMU Students' Association (SMUSA)

facilitated at events such as the FTB Camps, Arts Camp and Bondue (SMU Business Society) Camp.

Ser Kiat strongly believes in serving the community. He participated in Project Shining Lights, an overseas community service project in Thailand, where he taught English and Mathematics, and helped construct a playground for the local children.

Ser Kiat is a third-year student from the Lee Kong Chian School of Business, pursuing a Bachelor of Business Management (BBM) with a double major in Operations Management and Marketing.

Details

FOR FRESHMEN

  1. Attendance is compulsory for all freshmen. Registration is not required.
  2. Please report at the venue by 5.00pm in the correct attire:
    • Ladies: White sleeved blouse, skirt/pants and black court shoes.
    • Gentlemen: Long-sleeved white shirt, tie, black pants and black shoes.
  3. We seek your co-operation to make this event a memorable one. Kindly take note of the following during the ceremony:
    • Mobile devices should be switched to silent mode.
    • Flash photography and/or videography are not permitted.
  4. Please email convocation@smu.edu.sg if you have wheelchair-bound guests so that we can arrange accordingly.
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For Families

  1. Please RSVP via this link.
  2. We seek your co-operation to make this event a memorable one. Kindly take note of the following:
    • Do bring the invitation card for admission.
    • Please be seated by 6.45pm.
    • Kindly refrain from bringing children under the age of six years old.
    • The dress code is smart casual.
  3. Please take note of the following during the ceremony:
    • Mobile devices should be switched to silent mode.
    • Flash photography and/or videography are not permitted.
  4. Please email convocation@smu.edu.sg if you have wheelchair-bound guests so that we can arrange accordingly.

Getting to the Venue

Suntec Convention Centre

Halls 601-604, Level 6
1 Raffles Boulevard, Suntec City, Singapore 039593

MRT

The nearest MRT Station is Esplanade Station. Alternatively, you can also alight at City Hall Interchange. From there, you can then take a 10 minute walk via the underground City Link Mall.

Buses

Bus services to Suntec Singapore: 36, 97, 106, 111, 133, 502, 518, 551, 581, 577, 579, 580, 857. Alight right in front of the Convention Centre.

Access Routes to Suntec City By Road / By Car

  1. Raffles Boulevard (from Bras Basah Road)
  2. Temasek Avenue
  3. Rochor Road exit from East Coast Expressway
  4. Nicoll Highway

Suntec Singapore is accessible via 2 major expressways - East Coast Expressway (ECP) and Central Expressway (CTE). There are prominent signages directing the way to Suntec Singapore, which is located south of the Office Towers. There are a total of 3,100 parking lots available in the basement of Suntec City and many more are available
in the vicinity.

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REGISTRATION

For families of freshmen, please click here.
For SMU staff, please click here.