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Graduation Ceremony of our Institute of Graduate Studies Held for the 2018-2019 Academic Year

12.11.2019

The Graduation Ceremony of our Institute of Graduate Studies for the 2018-2019 Academic Year was held on 11 November 2019, Monday in Âşık Paşa Conference Hall in our South Campus. The ceremony was attended by Rector Prof. Dr. Gülfettin Çelik, our academic staff, our alumni and their families.  

Two separate graduation ceremonies were held for the alumni of the PhD and Thesis Master’s Programs at 14.00-16.00 and for the alumni of the Non-Thesis Master’s Programs at 17.30-19.00.

The first opening speech was delivered by the Director of the Institute of Graduate Studies Prof. Dr. Hayrunnisa Alan, who made a presentation providing detailed information about the overview of graduate education in general, activities of our Institute of Graduate Studies, our programs, and the number of our alumni.  

In his opening remarks, Rector Prof. Dr. Gülfettin Çelik first underlined the distinguishing qualities of our University and said: “İstanbul Medeniyet University has many distinguishing qualities: We are a University where all the doors are open in our relations with with our academic and administrative staff and our students, students are always invited in, we all make an effort to solve students’ problems, and we prepare students for life rather than simply contributing scientifically.”

“I hope and expect that despite many setbacks, our University will go a long way in a very short time. As a matter of fact, about 200 of our students are graduating today. With them, we are calling out to life with a strong voice…. Now, education does not just end in three or five years; we are all involved in lifelong learning now. We are here and ready to support our alumni at every stage as they need it.” After these remarks, Rector Prof. Dr. Çelik wished lifelong success for our alumni and congratulated them on their graduation.  

The Rector’s speech was followed by the remarks by Dr. Ahmet Faruk Çağlar, alumni of our PhD Program in Philosophy, who talked on behalf of our PhD alumni, and Aldy Muhammad Zulfikar, alumni our Thesis Master’s Program in International Relations, who talked on behalf of all our thesis master’s alumni. In their speeches, both of them expressed their happiness for graduating and their gratitude for the support they received from our University and academic staff at every stage of their graduate studies.

The opening remarks were followed by the diploma ceremony where our alumni were given their diplomas from their instructors one by one.

The second part of the event for the alumni of non-thesis master’s programs also started with the opening remarks by the Director of the Institute of Graduate Studies Prof. Dr. Hayrunnisa Alan, Rector Prof. Dr. Gülfettin Çelik, and a student representing all alumni. Among the guests was our former Rector Prof. Dr. M. İhsan Karaman, who also delivered a short greeting speech and congratulated our alumni, their parents and instructors. Finally, the alumni of our non-thesis master’s programs received their diplomas from their instructors. 

The Graduation Ceremony of our Institute of Graduate Studies for the 2018-2019 Academic Year ended with photo shooting and reception.