Convocation season: Facts and figures about Class of 2015

NTU graduates taking a selfie at their convocation ceremony on July 27, 2015.
NTU graduates taking a selfie at their convocation ceremony on July 27, 2015. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

SINGAPORE - It is the time of year when local universities hold their convocation ceremonies for the graduating class of 2015.

Here are some interesting facts and figures gleaned from the various institutions.

Singapore Management University

When and where

July 15 at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre

Total no. of graduates

2,348, the largest batch since its inception in 2000

Age of oldest graduate

45-year-old Eugene Low, a Military Expert with the Singapore Armed Forces. He is also the oldest person to attain an SMU degree

No. of graduates who received their doctorate degrees

Over 70, a record for the university

Guest of honour

Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean

Nanyang Technological University

When and where

July 27-Aug 3 (18 ceremonies) at NTU's Nanyang Auditorium

Total no. of graduates

8,639 (5,820 bachelor degrees, 2,819 higher degrees)

No. of graduates who received the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal

 

30, for being the top graduate in their respective course

No. of graduates who found jobs

70 per cent of 5,000 graduates surveyed, a slight improvement from 65 per cent in 2014

Guest of honour

Singapore President and NUS Chancellor Tony Tan Keng Yam, joined by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat

National University of Singapore

When and where

July 6-14 (23 graduation ceremonies) at NUS' University Culture Centre

Total no. of graduates

10,219 (6,316 bachelor degrees, 3,903 graduate degrees)

No. of honourary graduates

3 - Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, Professor Saw Swee Hock and Sir Richard Brook Sykes

Age difference between youngest and oldest graduates

40 years (19 and 59)

Guest of honour

Singapore President and NUS Chancellor Tony Tan Keng Yam