You will remember this as a major milestone in your life. Cherish the moments of celebration with the people who have supported you on this journey – your family, loved ones, lecturers and mentors.
Yet, I urge you to not think of your graduation as an end, but instead, the beginning of a new journey.
At NYP, we have done what we can to prepare you for the road ahead: You've undergone a rigorous and industry relevant curriculum; you've honed your leadership, interpersonal skills through an array of co-curricular activities and internships; and you would have had a chance to spread your wings through interesting opportunities both local and overseas.
Your experiences at NYP would have moulded you into the confident, knowledgeable and resourceful individuals you are today. Bring these attributes with you as you embark on the next phase of life, wherever that takes you – whether it's starting an entrepreneurial venture; clinching the job you want or furthering your studies, for instance.
As we head into a future where change is the only constant, I urge you to remain nimble, adaptable and innovative. We all need to constantly re-invent ourselves, as well as deepen our knowledge and skills in the face of emerging opportunities and disruptive technologies.
With resilience and a thirst for knowledge, I am optimistic that NYP graduates will make a mark here in Singapore and beyond.
Look back fondly on NYP and your years here even as you move on. We are proud of you.
Once again, my heartiest congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2017. I wish you all the best in your future.