Interesting Graduation Moments: A Stepping Stone to Building a Professional Career

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In the journey of academic pursuits, the most eagerly anticipated moment for every student is graduation. This is because graduation serves as proof to parents and families after four years of learning on campus. It also formally declares that students are entitled to earn their Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral degrees in their respective fields. Graduation holds several interesting facts! The following will discuss fascinating facts about graduation moments, marking the initial step into a new phase of life.

Interesting facts about graduation moments:

  1. Origin of the use of robes and caps:
    The first interesting fact to be discussed about graduation moments is the origin of the use of robes and caps. The use of academic robes began in the 12th to 13th centuries at one of the first universities in Europe. Students often wore robes equipped with black or brown head coverings. The purpose of using robes and head coverings was to warm the body before the invention of room-heating machines.
    In the 18th century, robes and head coverings were worn to symbolize intelligence and differentiate scholars from ordinary people. Subsequently, the use of these attributes began to be adopted as an academic symbol at various universities. Some universities that formalized the use of robes and caps for student graduation were Oxford University and Cambridge University. The use of caps symbolizes recognition and achievement, while robes indicate the student’s field of study.
  2. Speeches by famous speakers:
    During graduation moments, every university will invite distinguished speakers to deliver speeches to graduating students. Invited speakers are usually high achievers in their respective fields who share stories and experiences in facing challenges until they achieve success. The presence of renowned speakers serves to inspire and motivate students to face the new phase of life after graduation with high spirits.
  3. Awarding honorary degrees:
    Another interesting fact from the graduation process is the awarding of honorary degrees to students who have excelled during their time at the university. Not only is an honorary degree awarded to students who have achieved cum laude status, but there are also many awards in various other categories, such as best academic, best achievement, best contributor, and many more.
    Based on the above interesting facts, it can be said that graduation will be an unforgettable moment for all students, including graduates of Universitas Prasetiya Mulya. Especially in 2022, Universitas Prasetiya Mulya successfully graduated as many as 1,404 students, marking the highest number of graduates compared to previous years. There were even inaugural graduates from several undergraduate and master’s programs.

Furthermore, at the Prasetiya Mulya University graduation in 2022, many awards were given in various categories. Categories ranged from cum laude, best academic in the program, best women in STEM graduate, best of LEAMICA, best of the best achievement, best contributor in community development, best learning contribution, to the STEM graduate award.

After graduation, every university graduate must prepare to enter a new beginning in building a professional career or entrepreneurship. Especially based on the survey data from the National Labor Force of BPS, which stated that in August 2022, 7.99% of unemployment in Indonesia was university graduates. This is certainly a challenge for recent graduates to prepare themselves well to enter the workforce.

The Inspirational Story of Michelle Huang in Education:

There are many things that new graduates need to prepare for, as demonstrated by Michelle Huang, or commonly known as Mihu. Mihu is a top graduate with cum laude honors in the business department at Universitas Prasetiya Mulya. During her studies, Mihu passed various courses ranging from Business Creation, Business Development, to Company Observation, which will be very useful after graduation. The woman who was crowned Miss Indonesia 2022 representing Jambi also stated that what sets her apart from others is the factor of studying at Universitas Prasetiya Mulya.

As one of the best business campuses, every student will be taught how to present, build a network, increase self-confidence, and be more prepared to work in a professional career, entertainment, and even become a successful young entrepreneur in Indonesia. Hence, Universitas Prasetiya Mulya can be the right campus for those who aspire to succeed in various fields, from professional careers to business.