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NUS, NTU grads: Taking selfies on stage during convocation is reminder that degrees are not important

Posted on 17 May 2015

The beginning of the rest of our lives is a reminder that degrees are not important.


After news broke that the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University are discouraging its graduating students from whipping out their mobile phones to take selfies on stage as it will prolong the convocation by an extra hour, students have responded with justified petulance.

Da Xue Sheng, an NTU student who is about to graduate, said: “Taking a selfie on stage with the presiding officer at the convocation ceremony is a lifelong reminder to oneself of the most significant moment in one’s life: Degrees are not important and the last three to four years was spent on acquiring a degree, which the Singapore government is increasingly regarding as not important.”

“What better way to mark the occasion?”

Other students also said the onus of not making the convocation any longer than it should be lies solely in the hands of the tertiary institutions.

Another student, Tan Gu Ku, said: “If the school’s administrators don’t want convocations to be unnecessarily long, then why do they make it last two hours to begin with?”

“The truth is the graduating cohorts don’t care about the graduation speeches or guest-of-honours.”

“They just want to go on stage and take selfies. So why deny them that?”

At press time, degree mills are still operating and job applicants hoping to enter Singapore’s work force are still acquiring qualifications from there.


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