:mortar_board: Valedictorian Speech

My Speech at the NTU Convocation 2019


In July 2019, I officially graduated from NTU, Singapore with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, and had the good fortune to be chosen Valedictorian of my cohort. Looking back, the past 4 years have been a journey of maturity and growth, fuelled not only by the excellent technical education and skills I gained, but more so by a supportive community of friends, family, mentors, and connections.

Our degrees may have our names on them, but hidden between the lines are the stories of our communities.

Through my speech, I wanted to highlight the importance of building and growing our communities. I also wanted to thank all those that stood by me and supported me as I navigated the ups and downs of university life.

You can read the full transcript here. You can also listen to the actual speech from the 1:39:30 mark of the official recording by NTU. (YouTube link will be up soon is now available.)

Looking back, I feel happy, extremely grateful and slightly embarrassed! NTU’s official magazine even did an article on the stories of this year’s Valedictorians, including me. We made it to the cover page and Instagram, too!

Chaitanya K. Joshi

Research Engineer at A*STAR, Singapore

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