The 2018 UNIST Commencement Ceremony was held in Gymnasium on Monday, February 12. The ceremony was open to families and the general public and included representatives of all degree recipients.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in also attended the ceremony to deliver his commencement address to the graduating class of 2018. The ceremony featured the conferral of degrees, followed by the awarding of honorary degrees, greetings by university officials and remarks by the distinguished guests, including South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Minister You Young Min of Ministry of Science and ICT (MSI), Mayor Gi-Hyeon Kim of Ulsan City, Chairman of Hyun-Soon Lee of the UNIST Board of Directors, and UNIST President Mooyoung Jung to celebrate this special moment of recognition.
At the ceremony, President Mooyoung Jung awarded 61 honorary Doctoral, 192 Master’s, and 704 Bachelor’s degrees. It turns out, since its opening in 2009, UNIST has a total of 3,376 graduates in science and technology, including 179 Doctoral, 666 Master’s, and 2,631 Bachelor’s students.
At each convocation ceremony, UNIST recognizes the exceptional achievements of outstanding students through various awards. At the ceremony, Hyeyoung Tak in the School of Urban and Environmental Engineering was awarded the Minister’s Award by the Minister You Young Min of MSI. This award has been given to Ms. Tak in recognition of her outstanding academic achievements and for being an active participant in community service activities and mentoring for those underprivileged.
The UNIST Chairman of the Board’s Award went to KiYoun Kim in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. This is a prestigious award given annually to students selected by the UNIST administration. In addition to winning first place in Naver Hackerton competition, Mr. Kim has been involved in various activities and competitions that have motivated and inspired others, which includes ‘UC Berkely Startup Exchange Program.
The Ulsan City Mayor’s Award went to YeEun Kim in the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering. This award has been given to Ms. Kim in recognition of her academic excellence in research and her extensive volunteering with local students in need of extra academic help.
In addition, GaEul Kim (School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering) won Ulju-gun Governer Award, HanSeul Kim (School of Life Sciences) won Kyungnam Bank President Award, and YooJin Kang (School of Urban and Environmental Engineering) received LS Group Presidential Prize. Also, UNIST President’s Awards were given to two students, SeongHun Kim (School of Materials Science and Engineering) and Ji Yun Jang (School of Business Administration) who have shown academic excellence.
The Excellent Paper Award went to Han Seo of Nuclear Engineering, Min Joon Park of Energy Engineering, and Min Woo Ryu of Electrical Engineering. Besides, Ju Hyeon Lee of Natural Science and Hee Young Choi of Business Administration were selected as this year’s Distinguished Graduates.
After the awarding of honorary degrees to distinguished individuals, President Jung shared his commencement message to the class of 2018. “You have been excellent representatives of all this university stands for and I am confident you will continue to serve as exemplary citizens who enrich the lives of those around them, like a ray of sunshine at the end of a dark tunnel,” says President Jung.
Prior to the commencement ceremony, President Moon also took a tour of UNISPARK, the on-campus innovation space for student entrepreneurs and met with about 40 students who have started a business at UNIST or are currently preparing for their future startups. During this meeting, three UNIST professors who had recently started their own businesses also had an opportunity to showcase their latest innovation.
“In the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, in which machines interact and learn from each other with little to no human interference, it becomes more and more important that each new generation understands the role of science in our lives,” says South Korean President Moon Jae-in. “The future of science depends on you.”