BE GOOD: The Sultan’s consort reminds graduates to be kind and remember the sacrifices of their parents
GRADUATES should be humble said Universiti Teknologi Malaysia chancellor Raja Zarith Sofia Sultan Idris Shah in her speech at UTM's 48th convocation ceremony on Monday.
The Sultan of Johor's consort advised the students to use their knowledge to strengthen their integrity.
"The knowledge acquired will bolster credibility and self-worth and will prevent you from going against the country's law and the teachings of Islam.
"I am confident that the knowledge and experience obtained during your studies here will be of help to ensure greater success in the future," said Raja Zarith before a group of more than 2,000 graduates.
She also reminded students to remember their parents' sacrifice and to repay their deeds with love and compassion.
"As highly-educated individuals, remember your parents. Respect and love them."
Raja Zarith also encouraged the graduates to further their studies in order to gain as much knowledge as they can.
"Graduates should not limit themselves if they want to achieve more."
Meanwhile, an Indonesian family of scholars proved their worth when two members obtained a doctorate and a Master's degree in the engineering field.
Zainuddin Nawawi, a lecturer from Sri Wijaya University, Indonesia, received a doctorate in electrical engineering while daughter Aztri Yuli Kurnia, 24, received her Master's degree in civil engineering.
Zainuddin said it was his family's goal to advance themselves academically as there were no boundaries in seeking knowledge.
"My two other children and my son-in-law are still studying here in UTM. I am proud of our achievements," he said when met after the convocation ceremony.
The 53-year-old chose UTM because of its facilities and quality which rivals its international counterparts.
"I've been to many places. I was studying in Japan previously before coming here. While planning to further my studies, I read about UTM and realised its quality and international standards."
Aztri was happy to have the support of her father.
"We studied together and my father did not hesitate to show me pointers to ensure my success," said Aztri.