Yesterday was graduation day for RMIT students and our second son, Hamzah was one of them. This was the main reason that I came to Melbourne, actually. He majored in Finance and Economics and after three years, there he was, Alhamdulillah, graduating at last! The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology almost 6,000 graduands started their day with a parade through the streets of Melbourne along with their families and friends and in the evening they attended the actual graduating ceremony.
|Getting ready at start of the parade|
|Trying to figure out how to put on the hood..|
|A little help from a friend (photographer and housemate, Irfan)|
|A lot of Chinese, Vietnamese and Asian students..|
|Walking along the street..the weather was good, Alhamdulillah!|
|Met up with Norlin's family (we went sightseeing together a post ago)|
|Picture taken with some friends|
|Hamzah with Norlin and another graduating friend|
Well, in the evening we congregated at a stadium, where all of the graduating students from various schools were receiving their scrolls AT THE SAME TIME! Universities in Malaysia (and other universities in Melbourne, too actually) take days to cover their graduation ceremonies. How they did it? Divide the stadium to accommodate 13 mini stages where a big screen on each stage will show up the names of every graduating students as the go on the stage to receive their scrolls. Of course for the PhDs graduands, their names were called out as they went on stage before the other students' turn. Unfortunately, I couldn't catch a photo of Hamzah as he went on stage...
|I was seated above the stage where Hamzah would be receiving his scrolls|
|This guy was going through the boring bit by playing a game on his cell-phone..(I would have done the same if my phone hadn't run out of batteries!)|
|The graduands lining up to go on the stage one by one..|
|I think this is the reason why they decided not to call out students' name..lol|
|Another thrilled and enthusiastic family members|
|Where it all happened..|
Well, a rather tiring day for everyone, I bet... Anyway, congratulations Hamzah! A different life awaits you now and let's pray that whatever you intend to do you always do it to gain the Blessings of Allah in this Life and the Hereafter...Amin. Love you Bang Ngah!