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Dear Soon-to-be Graduates of Cohort #1:
Greetings once again from the offices of Wheelock College in Singapore!
Rajes and I, and everyone connected with the Wheelock degree program, sincerely hope that all is well with you, following the successful completion of your studies, and that you are looking forward with enthusiasm to what we know will be an exciting Commencement ceremony on the afternoon of June 3, 2009.
Congratulations to each and every member of the Class of 2009!!
Since this will be the first graduating class from a degree program that links a foreign institution with a Singapore polytechnic, this occasion will be a most auspicious one for Wheelock and for you, and an historic one for the higher education community in Singapore. I hope that your special day of celebration will be meaningful to you and to your family and friends.
Very important information follows. Please read carefully, and save this document.
1. First, there will be an important Commencement rehearsal for all graduates beginning promptly at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2 in the Main Auditorium of the Convention Center. This rehearsal is mandatory for all graduates. We will be on hand to provide instructions and information on all aspects and logistics of the graduation program.
Please be on time for this crucial rehearsal!
The new (and very smart!) T-shirts, designed by Shuling and Jia Min, will also be handed out at the rehearsal.
2. Time, date, place and related details of the Commencement:
Time and Place: 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, in the Main Auditorium of the Convention Center. President Jackie Jenkins-Scott will be the Commencement speaker, and Dr. Joan Bergstrom, Director of the Center for International Education, Leadership, and Innovation, will be with us as well. Key representatives from our partnering institutions, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and RTRC Asia, will also be part of the program. Also speaking will be the student recipient of the Academic Achievement Award, who will be, as you know, the learner with the highest grade point average. The Award to the Student Who Contributed Most to the Program will also be presented at the Commencement ceremony.
Please note that we are asking you to arrive at the Convention Center by 1:30 p.m. to check in, get suited in your graduation regalia, and prepare for the processional. Please be sure to be on time. For the ceremony, you will be seated in the Auditorium on the right-hand side facing the stage. Susan Fedo will be responsible for the oversight of the student line-up, your procession into the Auditorium, your seating, and will also direct you on the logistics of getting you up to receive your diplomas (on the stage), and then off again.
Briefly, as you walk onto the stage, you will give a card with your full name to an assistant to Rajes, who will in turn hand the card to Rajes. (The cards will insure accuracy and completeness.) Rajes will be reading the names of all of the graduates. Then, when you cross the stage, Dr. Bergstrom will first greet you with a handshake, and then President Jenkins-Scott will present you with a diploma booklet, but without your own diploma certificate secured inside. A photo then will be taken of you and President Jenkins-Scott. You will receive your actual diploma following the ceremony. (More details on all of this at the rehearsal.)
Important: You should have visited Raffles Studio no later than the end of next week to be fitted for your gown. If you have questions about this, please contact Rajes at 6460 6257.
We will be asking you to adhere to a standard dress code for the ceremony. The recommended dress code by Raffles Studio is long sleeve white collar shirt, with black pants or skirt, and covered shoes. Of course, you are welcome to wear your ethnic clothing as well.
Following the ceremony, students will stay in the Auditorium so that Raffles Studio staff members can organize you for a group class photograph on the stage. You will not march with the Platform Party out of the Auditorium in the Processional.
3. Parking for you and your family members and friends has been reserved at Carpark 56. Please do provide a copy of the attached carpark label and map to your family members and friends who will be driving to the campus on that day. They need to place the carpark label on their car’s dashboard where it is clearly visible.
4. Parents, family members and friends, along with special guests and dignitaries, will be ushered to Auditorium seating when they check in at the Convention Center.
5. Parents and family members will be allowed to take photographs before and after the Commencement ceremony, but are being asked not to take photographs inside the Auditorium during the ceremony itself. As you know, Raffles Studio professionals will be taking photographs within the Auditorium, and will be making available these photograph packages later in various price ranges, including individual photos with each student standing with President Jenkins-Scott.
6. Student greeters and ushers are being recruited from cohort #2 to help during Commencement Day. They will be assisted by Wheelock, Ngee Ann and RTRC Asia staff. We are grateful to all of them.
7. A reception will follow the ceremony in the foyer of the Convention Center. This will be an opportunity for everyone–classmates, faculty and staff, families, friends and visitors–to mingle, share memories, take photos, and enjoy the refreshments.
I am looking forward to seeing you on June 2 and, of course, for the Big Day on June 3!