Carnegie Mellon University in Australia celebrated the achievements of its graduands on May 17.
The keynote address was delivered by the Lord Mayor Martin Haese. Mr Haese was elected Lord Mayor of Adelaide in November 2014. The Lord Mayor co-founded the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation in South Australia and has served on several boards, including the South Australian Youth Arts Board and the Adelaide Convention Bureau.
“Adelaide is a national centre for education. It is our liveability, it is our walkability and its a culture welcoming and very friendly atmosphere in Adelaide. But I think more than that, it is the strength of our learning institutions for which are we are known nationally and worldwide. So you’ve chosen wisely, congratulations. You’ve chosen extremely wisely and I think you’ll have wonderful careers ahead of you as a consequence of the hard work you've done,” said the Lord Mayor.
Two students were honoured with ‘Excellence Awards’ for the exceptional performance and dedication in their studies. Xi Zhu, who graduated with highest distinction, earned the public policy and management award, while Sai Chaitanya, who also graduated with highest distinction, clinched the information technology award.
The student speakers for the Class of 2017 were Jiabei Pan (MSIT), Kristin Carson (MSPPM) and Teck Jan Low (MSIT).
“Thanks to Carnegie Mellon, I met some of the most brilliant minds in the world. I gained amazing knowledge and skills set, and most importantly, I made precious acquaintances which will last for a life time,“ said Jiabei Pan who came from China and was also a teaching assistant at CMU-A.
“Through this degree, I now have an arsenal of knowledge, as do my fellow students, and tools at our disposal. I now have the skills not to worry if Plan A doesn’t work out because we’ve 25 other letters in our MSPPM arsenal alphabet. And thanks to the incredible lecturers at Carnegie Mellon University in Australia, we all have the potential to be real world leaders,“ said Kristin Carson, a senior medical research scientist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
The final student speaker was Teck Jan Low. Before coming to CMU-A, Teck Jan completed a masters degree in mechanical engineering at Imperial College London.
“Between work, classes, coursework, projects, socialising and the other demands of life, I sometimes felt overwhelmed and discouraged. But it was then that I realised how important the people around me were. Whether it was encouragement from my family, working hard and partying hard with friends, or the sage advice from staff and faculty, I have come to appreciate more and more that life is not just about money and fame – it’s about the people around us.”
Head of Carnegie Mellon University in Australia and Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy Professor Emil Bolongaita concluded the ceremony with the commencement charge to the graduates. He sent the students forth to be intelligent men and women for action in the face of challenges and opportunities that come with the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Since opening in 2006, Carnegie Mellon University in Australia has now graduated more than 450 students in information technology and public policy and management.