Graduates from the Open Learning Institute of Hong Kong (OLI) spoke of their joy at successfully completing their courses. They will receive their degrees at a congregation at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in December. Five of the hundreds who graduated this year - Chan Fu-yan, Lee Wai-ho, Chris Young Siu-fung, Edward Yip Sui-Ming and Watson Wong Wa-sang - told how the degree would change their lives. Mr Chan, who works at the Immigration Department, has just completed a BSc degree in Environmental Studies. 'I think we should try to reduce pollution and develop healthier lifestyles,' he said, adding that he wanted to use his degree to set up a company to help improve the environment. Mr Lee, who left school after Form Three, studied at evening classes and then enrolled at the OLI. He has passed an Applied Computing degree and was recently promoted to systems analyst. 'At first I found it hard to study, as I lacked a knowledge of computers. Fortunately, my determination won support from my colleagues and sponsorship from my company,' Mr Lee said. Chris Young Siu-fung failed to enter university after disappointing results at the A-Level examination. But determined to prove she could succeed, Ms Young took a business degree at the OLI. 'During the six years of hard work, I was rewarded with promotion to being an assistant manager,' she said. Ms Young, who works in a bank, said she was going to study for a master's degree in banking and finance. Edward Yip Sui-ming, a safety officer at Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals, has just finished a business course and plans to study for a master's. 'I think my achievement will encourage my colleagues to study hard,' he said. Watson Wong Wa-sang, a medical technologist for the Hospital Authority, said: 'I wanted to extend my knowledge in administration and apply it to my work, so I registered for the Business Administration programme.'