Published on: Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Kota Kinabalu: A town and gown parade which involved Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Vice Chancellor, Datuk Dr. Harun Abdullah and more than 300 participants, 67 of them UMS graduates, walked the streets from the community centre to City Hall, here, Monday.
According to Harun, the event symbolises the local community's acceptance and at the same time, trains graduates to be individuals who are interested in social work as well as being comfortable in becoming part of the local community.
Among the meanings of the symbolic walk is also to foster good relations among each other, he said.
Associate Professor Dr Mahmud Sudin's book entitled, "Majlis Perarakan Berjubah Graduan Di Bandar Raya Kota Kinabalu' has received recognition especially when it won the National Book Award in February 2012.
"Basically, this event is not just about parading, but is more focused on in depth futuristic goodness involving both the university and the community."
This was being said at the 14th convocation ceremony where 4,000 UMS students (diploma, degree, masters and doctorate levels) graduated and celebrated their success.
Meanwhile, Mayor Abidin Madingkir said that he is proud to be part of the second town and gown ceremony involving UMS graduates and also thanked them for their cooperation with City Hall in terms of taking part in their campaigns. (e.g. Anti-litter campaign and No Plastic Bag campaign) Among those present were City Hall's Deputy Director-General (Operations), Joannes Solidau and UMS staff.