Malaysian identical twins, Kelvin and Melvin Tong, were the toast of the University of Portsmouth’s graduation ceremony held in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday 25 November 2007 to recognize the achievements of over 400 students from the region.
Success was much sweeter for Melvin who had his leg amputated five years earlier following treatment for cancer. His determination to complete his degree was rewarded with a huge round of applause as he went on stage to receive his scroll. The Tong twins each graduated with honours in Business Information Systems with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5. They now run their own web-design enterprise.
The brothers were presented with scrolls by the Pro Vice Chancellor, Ms Rebecca Bunting who said: ‘The University of Portsmouth is proud of the achievements of our Malaysian students and delighted to celebrate their successes with family and friends. These are excellent students who will make a major contribution to their country as their careers progress. We wish them every success and happiness.’
A gala dinner for 300 was held to celebrate the occasion which was attended by the Director of the British Council, Gerry Liston, as well as representatives from local partnership universities and colleges. Several students from Singapore and Indonesia also attended the event but the majority were Malaysian students, who make up the third largest group of international students at the university.