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..... Author unknown.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

UTAR Convocation 2011 - A Malaysian Graduation Experience

Picture 1 - Morning has broken over KL city - It's a bright new day!

Today, I shall put aside my gardening tales to share with you a memorable occasion in my life. Please click on the video at the end of the post to listen to the selected song. I hope you like this song too.

I hope you can tell me about your experiences too. Did you go to a photo studio to have your family potraits taken or was the event/photo session held in the outdoors?

Picture 2 - MCA Building
Sunday, March 20th, was UTAR Convocation Day 2011 and my 22 year-old daughter's graduation day.

It was a nostalgic feeling for my hubby and I because many years ago, we also attended our convocation ceremony in the same building. I was walking down memory lane again. How time flies. It seems like it was only yesterday when we were standing there hand-in-hand in front of this building, broad smiles on our faces .....

Now we have to accept that fact that our little baby is all grown-up, ready to spread her wings and fly out into the big, wide world with only the skies as her limits.

Picture3 - Flowers can speak a thousand words and melt a million hearts.

I should not have worried my head off earlier about the gifts as I can see that they have many choices of instant flowers bouquets available at the venue. There were gerberra daisies, sunflowers, roses and asiatic lilies, also teddy bears and Ferraro Roche chocolates. The prices were quite reasonable too.

Professional photographers had set up an instant photo studio near the entrance of the building, complete with backdrops for family potraits. People from outstation will find it useful and time-saving.

Picture 4

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap
but by the seeds that you plant.
~Robert Louis Stevenson

Picture 5

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.

“UTAR Convocation 2011 - A Malaysian Graduation Experience”, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ on March 27th, 2011.

Picture 6

There are miracles in life I must achieve,
But first I know it starts inside of me.....*

Picture 7

If I can see it, then I can do it.
If I just believe it, there's nothing to it.*

Just before the convocation ceremony started, the graduants stood up and bowed to their parents who were seated as a sign of gratitude.

Picture 8

I used to think that I could not go on
And life was nothing but an awful song
But now I know the meaning of true love
I'm leaning on the everlasting arms...*

Picture 9

I believe I can fly
I believe I can touch the sky
I think about it every night and day
Spread my wings and fly
I believe I can soar.... *

Picture 10

All for one and one for all
My brother and my friend
What fun we have
The time we share
Brother-sister 'til the end.
..... Author unknown

Picture 11

“A friend is someone who understands your past,
believes in your future,
and accepts you just the way you are.”
..... Author unknown

Picture 12

“Best friends are the ones who can be the farthest away

but there the fastest when you call.”

..... Author unknown

People who have shared her life, who have come from near and far to be with her to celebrate this happy occassion, thank you very much!

Picture 13

Hey, if I just spread my wings, I can fly!*

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I believe I can touch the sky!*

* words from the lyrics of the song by R Kelly, " I Believe I Can Fly."

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters
compared to what lies within us.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

To the new graduates, wherever you are,


To the undergraduates who are still studying for your exams,
Believe in yourself and work hard,
The rewards are worth the effort and sacrifices made!

This is my entry for My World Tuesday Season 3 Episode 25. My grateful thanks to the MWT team. To participate and view other entries around the world, click here.

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  1. Congratulations Autumn Belle on your daughter's graduation day! May she be blessed all through her life with success,happiness and good fortune!

  2. Tahniah! Must be a very happy day for her parents.

  3. Congratulations to you and your daughter on this glorious occasion.

  4. congratulations to you & your daughter. i fondly remember my convocation more than a decade ago & my parents & fmly being there. :)

  5. Congratulations all around. Life is so exciting.

  6. Congratulations to you and your lovely daughter ! A happy day, one to remember and then look forward.

  7. Dear Autumn Belle, Your daughter is so beautiful! Congratulations on her graduation. P x

  8. Bitter sweet? Will she be working near you?

  9. P3chandan, Diana (Australia), One, Petite Nyonya, Donna, Patty, Pam, Diana (South Africa).

    Thank you very much for the congratulatory messages and for sharing your own experience here with me. Phew! After 15 years in the normal school system, this is the first milestone.

    Yes, indeed a bitter-sweet experience. Grown up as she is now, but she will always be a kid in her parents' eyes. Thank God she has found a job. Currently she is back home with us, Yay!

  10. Congratulation!!!!!!

    And it was once upon a time to me. So long ago.

  11. What a wonderful thing to celebrate in your life! I wish your daughter much luck with her endeavors. You have taught her well...she is such a blessing in your life.
    Thanks for sharing this experience!

  12. Congratulations! You have done the best job!
    Your post is very inspiring!

  13. Congrats to all! A job well done, by the graduate, and the parents, too. I wish her much success in life.

  14. Congratulations to you and your daughter, Autumn Belle. I feel touched. I think i still have to wait another 20yrs for the day to come. Congrats.

  15. Congratz to you and daughter..spread your wings and soar to greater heights..

  16. Congrats and celebrations! The emotions are captured very well in the photos.

  17. Congratulations to your lovely daughter and to you and your husband as well for having seen her through university. With honors? You must both be so very proud of her. Excellent!

  18. Time is not measured by the passing of years but by what one does, and what one achieves....congratulations!!!

  19. Rainfield, Rosey, Malar, HolleyGarden, Milka, Bananaz, Asha, BOM, PrettyLifeOnline,

    Thank you very much for the visit and for being a part of my 'Book of Life' - This is what I call my blog :>)

    So nice to hear about your experiences and adding more inspiring quotes.

  20. It is a bittersweet time, isn't it? My daughter will graduate from high school soon. I am happy for her but also very emotional. Your daughter is beautiful! Best of luck and congratulations to all of you!

  21. Congratulations to your daughter! I wish her a great future ahead!

  22. Congratulations to the proud parents and the very loved daughter! This post for the first born is so touching, i almost shed a tear. True, i have some soft spot for very loving family relationships. I've graduated many times and only the BS had my parents with me. The next 2 i was alone. I intended to have a special foto for my last graduation, inside an expensive studio, but i still havent done it after many years. I guess i will not do it anymore as i've grown a lot from that time. I feel that you are a very good mother, and you should be saluted for that!

  23. congrats on your daughter's graduation AB. all the best in her future endeavours. i like the quotes and your song selection. it's one of my all time favourites and it's so befitting for this post.

  24. Congrats to you and your family for this...

  25. So beautiful, Autumn Belle; you brought tears of joy to my eyes as we have 5 long gone from the nest. ;) Congratulations to you and your DH for such sweetness. Your daughter is so beautiful and I know you two are proud.

    I remember many years ago when talking with a doctor friend, and he said (I paraphrase), your reward for being a good parent is letting them go. Blessings to you and your family.

  26. aww, your daughter is beautiful - what an exciting day. She's all grown up and ready to enter the world. Congratulations to you and your baby!!

  27. Plant Postings, Indrani, Andrea, LifeRamblings, Lrong, Diana(Di), Wendy.

    Thank you very much for the nice comments and sharing of your personal experiences. Your words are like lovely roses, so sweet and fragrant. The first time is always special. Tears were shed, happy and sad.

  28. Congratulations, Autumn Belle to you and your daughter! This is a proud moment to cherish! Wish your daughter all the best in each step she takes!

  29. Congratulations to your daughter and to you as parents. What a happy day and what a great tribute you made to it in your blog. And what a beautiful girl she is. Best wishes to all of you. Barbara

  30. Kitchen Flavours, Babara.

    Thank you very much for sharing this special occassion with me.

  31. Congratulations to your daughter! What a wonderful day for you all!


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