Parent-child, disabled scholars among graduates at UKM’s 47th Convocation

Bachelor of Medicine graduate Wahida Khalid (centre) is congratulated by her parents Omai Kalsom Saad and Khalid Abdullah (left) after the convocation ceremony in UKM.

November 2, 2019 BANGI: Disability is not a hindrance to succeed for Wahida Khalid Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) graduates who received their scrolls at the varsity’s main campus in Bangi, Selangor.

Meanwhile, Bachelor of Medicine graduate Wahida Khalid, 25, was diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation last year after completing her fourth year of med school. She became paralysed.

“It was difficult at first, but I took the challenges in stride. I discussed with my deputy dean and lecturers how to complete my studies while being wheelchair bound, and they helped me a lot,” said Wahida.

Wahida are among 7,655 graduates who will receive their scrolls at UKM’s 47th Convocation Ceremony, which will run from today until Nov 5.

UKM Chancellor Yang di-Pertuan Besar Negri Sembilan, Tuanku Muhriz Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir, chaired the first session of the ceremony.

In his speech, Tunku Mukhriz said that the awards given out recognise the exemplary excellence nurtured by UKM, which has produced quality graduates in both academic performance and character.

“The university serves as an open platform for exploration and development in various fields of knowledge. However, academic freedom has to be based on truth, scholarship and high integrity as in the end, academic honour will determine the peace and prosperity of the society,” he said.