NUS President's message to students from the Class of 2020

The following letter was sent to the Class of 2020 by NUS President, Professor Tan Eng Chye.

27 November 2020

Dear Graduating Students of the Class of 2020

In May this year, I had written to you to explain the postponement of Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020 to January 2021 because of COVID-19 restrictions.

While the local COVID-19 situation is improving, the country is still taking a cautious approach to social events and gatherings, with selected activities permitted to resume in a safe and calibrated manner.

I write to inform you that we have taken the difficult decision to further postpone the Class of 2020 Commencement ceremonies to a later date in 2021. In a typical year, NUS organises an average of 24 formal ceremonies involving more than 27,000 graduates, family members and friends. The current restrictions on large gatherings have made it challenging to organise physical Commencement ceremonies in a manner that enables you to safely celebrate this milestone with your loved ones.

You will shortly receive an email from the Registrar on how you can keep abreast on the Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020, and other details on collection of your degree scroll and transcript, as well as academic dress.

For those in need of help, we have developed the NUS Resilience and Growth Initiative to assist you, so please reach out to us if you need support for jobs and internships or professional development. If you have an innovative idea which can help shape a better future for people, society and the world, I encourage you to take part in the NUS Resilience and Growth Innovation Challenge which is still open for submissions till 31 December 2020.

As the year will soon draw to a close, may I take the opportunity to send you and your loved ones my very best wishes for the holiday season. My colleagues and I look forward to celebrating with you and your families at the Commencement ceremonies in 2021.

With best wishes

Professor Tan Eng Chye