Tembusu College UTRP Graduation Ceremony


The Tembusu College UTRP Graduation Ceremony will be held on 12th May 2013, 4pm to 6pm, at Auditorium2, Stephen Riady Centre.

All Tembusu students who are on track to successfully complete the five modules of the University Town Residential Programme (UTRP) by the end of this semester are eligible to graduate in May. This includes students retained for a third year.

Eligible students must file for graduation by Thursday 2nd April. Details of the process are sent by email.

What to wear at graduation

The graduation is a formal occasion; an appropriate standard of dress is required.

For males:

White shirt, tie, dark pants and dress shoes

For females:

White blouse, dark pants or skirt (knee length) and court shoes


Each student is entitled to two transferable invitation cards for two guests. Details on when and how to collect the invitations will be released nearer the date.

On 12th May 2013, guests are to be seated in the Auditorium by 3.30pm. For those driving to University Town, they are to park at the Stephen Riady Centre Basement carpark. Charges apply.


Graduating students are to assemble at the Tembusu Multi-purpose Hall at 3pm. They will be lined up alphabetically, according to family name first. Students will then proceed in a procession from the MPH to the Auditorium led by the College Fellows.

Once in the Auditorium, students are to be seated until it is time to go on stage to receive their UTRP certificates.


A small reception will be held outside the Auditorium after the graduation ceremony.

Photographs and Videos

We are engaging professional photographers and videographers to document the occasion. You will be able to order your photographs and/or video of the occasion during the reception.

Detailed Itinerary:

3.00pm: Graduands to assemble at the Tembusu Multi-purpose Hall

3.30pm: Guests to be seated in Auditorium2

3.40pm: Tembusu video

4.00pm: Graduands enter Auditorium2, led by Fellows

4.10pm: Speech by A/P Gregory Clancey, Master, Tembusu College

4.15pm: Graduands to receive their certificate and have their picture taken with Prof Tommy Koh, Rector, Tembusu College

5.55pm: Winning speech on the theme “What does it mean to be a Tembusu Graduate?”

6.00pm: End of ceremony followed by reception outside Auditorium2

7.00pm: End of reception

Bookhaven Specials for Tembusu College UTRP Graduation Day

Bookhaven UTown is offering Tembusu graduates and their family a special 10% discount for the Tembusu mug and plate, and 20% discount on all other items. They will be open from 4pm-8pm.

Graduation Speech Competition
The graduation ceremony committee invites graduating students to submit 600-700 word speeches addressing the theme “What Does it Mean to be a Tembusu Graduate?” The winning speech will be read during the graduation ceremony. Email your essay to Dr. Adam Groves at rctasg@nus.edu.sg with the subject title "Graduation Speech" by 2nd May.

Getting here

Please visit http://utown.nus.edu.sg/contact/getting-here/ for directions to the event venue.

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