LAHORE: A total of 1,110 students of the class of 2018 graduated at the 30th convocation ceremony of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) on Saturday, where the university graduated its largest batch to date.
The ceremony saw a reunion of the entire university, with over 1,000 graduating students, their parents, staff, and faculty from each school gathering to commemorate the achievement of the graduates.
During the convocation, 849 undergraduate and 252 graduates were honoured with degrees from the schools at LUMS and high achievers received medals and awards. The year also marked the graduation of 9 doctorate graduates, making it the highest number in the history of LUMS.
The ceremony was initiated in a ritualistic manner, with the entrance of the academic procession at the convocation venue. The procession included students and faculty from all five schools; Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB), Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences (MGSHSS), Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE), Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law (SAHSOL) and LUMS School of Education (SOE).
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Over 3,000 guests and faculty members came together to celebrate the fresh graduates on the occasion.
Vice Chancellor Dr S Sohail H Naqvi, presiding over his last convocation at LUMS welcomed parents, students, the management committee members, trustees and the keynote speaker, Dr Ishrat Husain at the convocation ceremony.
In his welcome address, he said that the youth had always been the instigator of social change. "The exceptional environs of LUMS under the able guidance of the faculty mentors, nurtures the graduates who are the future leaders of this beautiful country, poised to take it to great heights."
The chief guest of the ceremony, Dr Ishrat Husain motivated the batch to pursue their leadership goals, while embodying empathy and authenticity.
He said, "I have always held complete faith in our institutions, our processes and the competence of our academia to take on the challenging role of service to its student communities providing quality education and competitive environments to realise professional learning objectives on the road to a future that ensures the well-being of Pakistan's economy.
And I can confidently say that LUMS continuously and significantly supports this objective."
Published in The Express Tribune, July 1st, 2018.
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