Sunday, November 1, 2009

Graduation Ceremonies






Yesterday was HICT’s 2009 Convocation & Awards Presentation Ceremony, to use its long title. This graduation ceremony held at the Holiday Villa in Subang Jaya saw my Diploma in Business and SNHU students walk the stage, to receive their hard-earned and well-deserved scrolls. And of course, Dr. Paul LeBlanc, SNHU President graced the occasion, and made it even more memorable. It was a special occasion for me too because this is the first cohort of graduating students who directly came under my tutelage – so I know every one of them personally. Andrew Chan made his valedictorian speech – but it was what I would call, a safe speech; it lacked punch, zing, oomph, or whatever you may want to call it. Dr. Paul LeBlanc’s commencement speech was something else – it was a speech straight from the heart. In fact, as he spoke of his own personal experience through the journey of Life, I am reminded of a quote by Winston Churchill: “Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It is courage that counts”.



Also, some of my ‘other’ students were also graduating at PWTC – earning their Bachelor degrees from the University of East London on the same day. Congratulations to Eileen, Mas, Kelvin, Edwin, Serena, Cherie, Karen, Esther and the others! You worked hard and you deserve the accolades!


Some mixed news from the football scene yesterday.

Celtic answered criticism of their home form with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League match. Aiden McGeady's strike from a tight angle started the goals (13). The second came from Georgios Samaras as he bulleted a header from Andreas Hinkel's cross (32). And finally, substitute Niall McGinn contributed the third (78) – his first goal for Celtic.



Again, Liverpool (groan!) lost! It was a 1-1 draw when Benitez pulled Torres out of the game, and thereafter, Liverpool crumbled. The end-result was 1-3 in Fulham’s favor. I didn’t think that was a wise decision and we paid dearly for it. "It is always hard to take defeat, especially when we were in such control," said Benitez. "We now have to keep calm and think about the next game, but we have many injuries." Yea, yea but we lost.



Arsenal emphatically swept aside claims from Tottenham that they were ready to challenge the supremacy of their north London rivals with a convincing 3-0 victory at the Emirates. Tottenham's cause was undone by two dreadful mistakes by Ledley King, so often the mainstay of the Tottenham defense, that let Arsenal take a two-goal advantage. First King was caught flat-footed as he let Van Persie nip ahead of him at the near post for the opening goal (42). Then he missed both the ball and Fabregas with an ungainly attempt at a tackle seconds after the restart that allowed the Arsenal captain to poke the ball between his legs before scoring (43). "That was scandalous really," Redknapp had said. To complete a miserable hat-trick for King, he was also guilty of failing to deal with another low cross that allowed Van Persie to score his second goal (60).

7 comments:

edwin UEL said...

Many thanks for the well wishes, Mr Victor; in truth it wasnt possible without your kind assistance that was truly beyond the call of duty...thus, thanks again!

Glam said...

Thank you for your kind words - You are too kind. At the end of the day, I am just doing my job! All the best in your future undertakings to you and all the rest of the gang

Wee Han said...

the first picture was stolen from my facebook! LOL!!!! see u soon, mr victor!

Glam said...

Yes lah, I graciously admit to this 'theft'! I thank you for the use of this photo, Wee Han. Yes, see you soon!

AzuraCun said...

TQ Victor...TQ for everything....Hope to see you soon

Glam said...

You are most welcome, AzuraCun - it has been a real pleasure and honor for me to be there for my students and friends

AzuraCun said...

TQ Victor for making my face appear in your blog...such an honor to me... c you soon....