On November 6, 2018, KKU’ student alumni association together with the student union and all departments in KKU held an activity for the graduate students under the title, “Succeeding KKU’s resolution.” The activity held at the Golden Jubilee Hall was aimed to cultivate among the new graduates the gratitude toward the university and the teachers while insisting them on their roles as a future the country. There were two rounds of the parallel activity to cater for the total amount of 7382 graduates. There is an announcement of KKU’s excellent former students under the presence of the university administrators, university council members and teachers.
The ceremony began after a group of students and teachers process the university’s emblem into the ceremonial hall. Then Mr. Somsak Taewiriyatrakoon, the president to KKU’s student alumni association, delivered his congratulations to the graduates and those presented with some awards. “I would like to congratulate to all of the graduates who have mastered your degree here in this valuable university. Once you are accepted to this university, you were like raw materials that have been polished and screened by your professors. You are now graduates and will soon be working for the communities. As the blood and flesh of KKU, we are proud to see you as a part of the 170,000 KKU graduates who have been serving dedicatedly to the society and the world. It is to our great pleasant to see you graduate and we are confident that every step you take from this university will help spread KKU’s determination and visions for the betterment of the society.” Said, Mr. Somsak.
The ceremony also announces the names of excellent former students and the award winners in different fields including; art and culture, administration and management, research, academy, occupation, voluntary and social development, and international relations and collaboration. The awards were presented by Assoc.Prof. Piansak Pakdee, the vice president for student development and alumni relations. The excellent former KKU student 2018 is Mr. Sittichai Leekasem, a batch 18th engineering student, to whom the Honor of KKU Award, which better known in Thai as Sri Galapreuk Award, will be bestowed upon by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on the degree conferral day.
Assoc. Prof. Piansak said to the graduates that, “I would like to congratulate to the award winners and all of the graduates. This occasion of happiness and success does not only magnify the students’ achievement but also Khon Kaen University’s success. I believe that this year graduates will be as determined as other KKU graduates before you in pursuing Khon Kaen University’s determination to work for society and the country, which is our university’s working principle initiated after a royal remark of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej given during the occasion when he presided over Khon Kaen University.
Following the vice president’s speech, the participants took part in singing Khaun Mordindaeng song. Then the graduates paid respect to the university’s emblem and the professors under the lead of Assoc. Prof. Khoon Tokan, a ceremonial master.
Mr. Sittichai Leekasem, a former batch 18th engineer student and KKU excellent former student 2018 said to the graduates that, “If we try to live our lives with determination, we will be successful. I would like the graduates to be a good observance of gratefulness. I would like you to retrospectively think of the first day that you walked into this university with just one empty back. But now you have so much to carry back with you because the university has prepared everything you would need for your lives while you were studying here. Remember that we are in debt of this university that is built from the Thai people tax. We need to think of paying back to the society. This can be something as simple as being a good member of the society, continuing your job without changing job too often because all jobs are good. Some of us may come from poor family but we have a chance to study because of the education loan. Now you need to think about paying back the money to help our younger generation with their education. We are now graduates and will soon have jobs, we should think of how to pass the chance of learning to our brothers. It you are tired and desperate, please come back and visit KKU, our second home that I can always feel the affection to return to.”
News/Photos: Udomchai Supanawong