University of Saint Joseph 2021 Congregation





The University of Saint Joseph held its 2021 Congregation Ceremony on 3 July, 2021, at the Macau Tower, with a total of 395 undergraduate and postgraduate degrees students graduating.

The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) held its 2021 Congregation Ceremony on Saturday, 3 July, 2021, at the Grand Hall of the Macau Tower, with a total of 198 undergraduate and postgraduate degrees students graduating in this year.

The ceremony was officiated by the Representative of the Honourable Chief Executive of the Macao SAR Government, Ms. Ao Ieong U, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, with the presence of distinguished guests, including representatives from the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in SAR, the Education and Youth Development Bureau (DSEDJ), Diplomatic Corps accredited in Macao, Fellows from the Catholic Foundation for Higher Education and other Higher Education Institutions in Macao, Donors of USJ, and local Associations.

The Rector of USJ, Rev. Prof. Stephen Morgan, conferred 3 Doctoral Degrees in the areas of Business Administration, Education and Science; 64 Master Degrees; 127 Bachelor Degrees; and 4 Associate Diplomas in Portuguese-Chinese Translation in the Ceremony.

Additionally, 197 Post-Graduate Diplomas in Education (PGDE) were conferred last week at the PGDE Graduation Ceremony, adding to a total of 395 students graduating this year from USJ.

The Rector gratefully addressed that despite being a small University, students of USJ receive an “absolutely first-class education”, also pointing that “every week, once or twice a week, I meet employers who tell me that USJ graduates are different from other graduates in Macao. They are more creative and innovative; they are adaptable and collaborative; they are problem solvers, and they are almost always ready to engage positively with constructive criticism and become better employees. These qualities lie behind the raw data that tells us that our graduates have amongst the highest graduate employability in Macao”.

Student Representative and graduate from the Doctoral Programme in Science, Mr. Lei Man Tat, believes the importance of giving and serving the society with his expertise, stating during his speech that “In the process of my doctoral studies, we have developed an air quality forecast for Macao in collaboration with the Macao Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG), which is an important tool to provide health alerts in ahead of pollution episodes for the local community in Macao. I hope that our research output will continue to make improvements and bring positive impacts to the overall development of Macao.”.

International student, Ms. Kianat, a graduate from the Bachelor of Education, conveyed her optimism and appreciation during her speech, thanking her friends and family who live abroad through the online simultaneous live broadcast, to the University and to the Donors of Scholarships and Fellowships for giving her the opportunity to complete her studies, “Your generosity has not only eased the financial burden on students but also encouraged us”.

The Ceremony concluded with closing words and the Benediction to the Class of 2021 by the Chancellor of USJ, the Most Reverend Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang.

USJ Congregation Ceremony 2020 Full Video:


Congregation Ceremony Photo Album

Congregation Group Photoshoot Photo Album

Speech Transcripts:

Speech by Rector (ENG/CN)

Speech by Student Representative – Thomas Lei Man Tat (ENG/CN)

Speech by Student Representative – Kianat (ENG/CN)