LAHORE: “Every Pakistani has the right to dream and aspire big – and today we gather to celebrate your future,” said Lahore University of Management and Science (LUMS) Vice Chancellor, Dr Adil Najam while addressing the 24th annual convocation on Saturday.
LUMS hosted the convocation at the Syed Martrib Ali Sports Complex, attended by 713 students of the Class of 2012, in what is being termed by the institute as the largest convocation in its history. As many as 225 students were awarded their Master’s degrees in various disciplines including Economics, Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Business Administration.
With students asked recognise the efforts of their parents and teachers, the venue echoed with a round of applause as graduating students rose to give a standing ovation on the request of the vice chancellor. “Today we give you back the future of Pakistan and your amaanat,” said Dr. Najam while addressing the gathering.
Rector LUMS Abdul Razak Dawood said the Gurmani family had made a donation worth Rs 1 billion, which he said was the largest single donation in Pakistan to any educational institute.
“As a nation we must dream and we must dream big,” said Academy award winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy while speaking to the graduating students. Asking students to reflect on the ‘dreams’ of their founding forefathers, Chinoy advised the students to follow their dreams.
Advising students to speak out, embrace failure and dream big while never taking a ‘no’ for an answer, Chinoy delivered a speech embedded with personal trials and tribulations.
The ceremony also included the hooding of Malik Jahan Khan, the doctorate candidate of the department of Computer Science from the School of Science and Engineering, making him the seventh to be conferred the honour by LUMS.