KLCII has again broken its record for the number of students graduating in a year, with1,256 graduands recognised for their achievements at a ceremony held on 3 August 2019. This number surpassed the 1,219 who graduated from KLCII in 2018.
A total of 524 graduated from their English courses, 708 from Chinese programmes, and 24 from the Chinese degree course. The courses ranged from the Fundamentals Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), through WSQ Higher and Advanced Certificates in Early Years, to the WSQ Professional Diploma in ECCE and the Beijing Normal University’s (BNU) Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education.
More than 230 graduands attended this year’s ceremony with their family members and guardians at the Stephen Riady Auditorium @NTUC building in Marina Boulevard.
In his welcome speech, Mr Chua Ying Hwee, General Manager/Principal, congratulated the graduands and advise them to reflect on their performance and learn to become a reflective practitioner in their respective careers.
“You too will begin your journey at turning your knowledge into knowing, your continuous learning into leadership capabilities, and your connections into meaningful collaborations,” he said.
Ten of the graduands won the Best Student Award. Among them were Ms Peng Jun, from the 4th batch of BNU degree course and Mr Sunny Wong, who excelled in the WSQ Professional Diploma in ECCE.
One of the Best Student Awardees, Mr Sunny Wong, reminisced in his valedictory speech about the “fond memories” he had at KLCII and how his outlook was shaped by the experience. He was the only male student in the class and had felt strange at the beginning. Although the “lessons were difficult”, because early childhood was new for him, he managed to “stay focused”.
With the support of the patient and committed lecturers at KLCII, Mr Wong was able to discover his strengths and weaknesses to embrace and adopt a positive mindset, and became more involved, participative and collaborative in class.
“However, what I liked about it was that the lessons were conducted along with open discussions and class interactions. Eventually the strange feeling went away,” he said.