School of Data Science Honours Second Batch of Graduates at 2021 Commencement
On 22 May, the School of Data Science (SDSC) held its commencement exercise for its graduating Ph.D. and Master’s programme students. While the event was staged on campus, some of the graduates attended the virtual ceremony and celebrated with family and friends online.
“We are very proud of you and your achievements during the unprecedented pandemic,” said Professor Joe Qin, Dean of SDSC, as he extended his heartfelt congratulations to the graduates.
He also recognised their contributions to the growth of SDSC, which has expanded its faculty by 50% over the last one and a half years with new hires from top universities in the U.S. and is set to welcome over 500 undergraduate and postgraduate students after the summer.
Inspired by the French Novel “The Last Lesson,” Professor Qin presented the Class of 2021 with five thought-provoking questions related to data science. In his short discourse, he reminded the students about what data science is, how it complements existing science and engineering principles, the value of specialised expertise and solutions, and the discipline’s promising future, ending his message with an enthusiastic “Viva la Data Science!”
Ms MOONEY Catherine Margaret, a graduate representative, addressed her fellow graduates with similar optimism in her thank-you speech. “Indeed this is an exciting time to be a data scientist,” she said. “Our profession is making some of the biggest advances in society. But as we face the real-world opportunities and challenges tomorrow, let us always remember our ethical responsibility and ensure that data science transforms the world for the better.”
A total of 40 students graduated from SDSC’s Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy, and Master of Science in Data Science programmes this year.
For graduates of SDSC to view the full version of 2021 Commencement, please visit ARRO’s website HERE.