CNA carried a broadcast report of Yale-NUS College’s first-ever virtual graduation ceremony. The report highlighted the speech by Minister for Education Mr Ong Ye Kung, noting that he called on those graduating this year to collectively reimagine and create a post-COVID-19 world, even in the face of these challenging circumstances. The ceremony lasted just over an hour on YouTube, and featured speeches by Yale-NUS College President Tan Tai Yong, student and faculty representatives, a photo presentation of prize winners and all 183 graduands, and an interactive live chat session on YouTube. Graduand Nathaniel Mah (Class of 2020) was also interviewed, saying that the Yale-NUS College community, including alumni, has been very supportive.
Lianhe Zaobao also carried the news and highlighted Minister Ong’s confidence that Yale-NUS students have learnt to synergise different strands of knowledge, and examine societal issues with innovative and logical thinking through the liberal arts education offered at the College. At least 1,000 people watched the ceremony online, which was made even more heart-warming through a montage of well-wishes from the graduands’ families and friends that was prepared by the College administration.
The virtual graduation ceremony was also reported in other media outlets such as MediaCorp News 5, Mediacorp Ch 8 News, and Ch U News.