Golden Grad Awards 2013 / A Graduation Night

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Congratulations to (following the photos above) Tan Aik Jun (B.S. Material Science and Engineering), Sarah Leung (B.S. Chemical Engineering), Aliaa Dalila (B.S. Actuarial Science), Wan Yuhanis (B.S. Actuarial Science), Liew Chye Hong (B.S. Psychology) and Abdullah Basyir (B.S. Actuarial Science)! It's the most rewarding moment for every student to reach their Graduation Year. And every year, Malaysian Student Association will be proud to witness the graduation of their members. This year, it was the turn of 6 amazing seniors!

On Sunday, April 21 2013, MaSA organized the annual graduation night formal dinner for our graduating seniors. This year’s theme was “The Golden Grad Awards” … and everyone was golden that night! Especially our graduating seniors who donned on their best dresses and suits. The event was held in the Pine Lounge at the Illini Union and lasted from 7:00PM to midnight.

That night, we had our very own Aina Fatimah and Fang Jiunn as host for the golden night. The night started off with playing a trivia game of guessing which famous character said their famous line. Dinner was a delicious Western style meal with salad and double chocolate cake as our desert.

Our fun “makan” time was interspersed with the giving of awards as well as performances. Each award was customized according to the senior’s character. Abdullah Basyir received the Brother Bear award for his brotherly personality while Chye Hong earned the Dory award for being an optimist. Aliaa Dalila is Mulan for her courage and care for others while Aik Jun is Hercules for his athletic aptitude in swimming; Wan Yuhanis is Cinderella for her poise and elegant composure, and Sarah is crowned Princess Jasmine for her love of traveling.

Food was not the only thing on our plate tonight. We also enjoyed lots of performances from our members! Jabbar played the keyboard while Zaza lended her voice by singing an English and Malay song mix. This year’s freshmen also presented their song-sketch presentation of the song “Kantoi” by Zee Avi. A motley of singers also came aboard to sing their favorite songs. Last but not least, our six beloved seniors performed their last one for us by singing “I Want To Go Home” by Michael Buble.

The amazing night ended at right at midnight. Thank you all who made the night a success! To our graduating seniors, we wish you all the best in your future, and do come and visit us here at the U of I. These years with all of you are the greatest! We thank you for the memories you have allowed us to experience with you. We'll always remember you!

For more photos please visit the Golden Grad Awards 2013 set on our Flickr account!