Eastern Mediterranean University 2017-2018 Academic Year Spring Semester Postgraduate Graduation Ceremony took place at Rauf Raif Denktaş Culture and Congress Center at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 19 June 2018. The ceremony was broadcast live via EMU TV. With over 20,000 students from 106 different countries, Eastern Mediterranean University is a locomotive institution of higher education that combines academic, social and cultural life. Living the excitement of graduating approximately 2,800 students, EMU pays special attention towards the organisation of graduation week activities. In this respect, Representative of Nigerian Embassy in Ankara Ahmed Mohammed Monguno, Times Higher Education Representative Michael Caruana, EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam, Vice Rectors, Deans, Department Chairs, academic staff members and over 250 graduands of postgraduate programs and their families attended the ceremony.
The ceremony commenced with the entrance of the 2017-2018 Academic Year Spring Semester graduands into the hall with music and applause. During the entrance of the graduands, families and academic staff members had emontional moments. The ceremony continued wih a moment of silence and the national anthem followed by a short musical performance of EMU Education Faculty, Music Teaching Program academic staff members Assist. Prof. Dr. Alev Müezzinoğlu, Assist. Prof. Dr. Başak Gorgoretti, Sen. Inst. Selen İşmen and Instructor Heran Mirillo. Then, EMU Education Faculty, Foreign Language Education department, English Language Teaching Master’s Program graduate Zehra Değirmencioğlu delivered a speech on behalf of the 2017-2018 Academic Year Spring Semester graduates.
“We are Proud to be a Part of EMU”
Expressing her pride and honor in being a part of the EMU Community. Değirmencioğlu stated that postgraduate education is a long and difficult journey which requires genuine efforts of those who take part in it. Adding that postgraduate education is also a process of transformation, Değirmencioğlu stated that as a member of the modern youth, they will continue to love learning and knowing. Değirmencioğlu added that they will work towards the development of humanity and thanked all those who contributed to their studies.
EMU Business and Economics Faculty, Political Science and International Relations Department Doctoral Program Graduate Hamidreza Monibi also delivered a speech representing graduates. Monibi stated that it is a day of pride for all graduates as continuing their studies at postgraduate and doctoral programs requires great courage. Adding that EMU has provided its students every type of support during their academic studies, Monibi put forth that it is due to EMU’s valuable support that they have achieved this academic success. Stating that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is a very secure and beautiful country, Monibi expressed his pleasure in studying at this beautiful country, At the end of his speech, Monibi thanked all academic staff and families who contributed to their success.
Prof. Dr. Osam Addressed Graduates
Delivering a speech at the graduation ceremony, EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Osam expressed his happiness in hosting graduates, families and academic staff at Rauf Raif Denktaş Congress Center. Addressing young graduates, Prof. Dr. Osam mentioned famous quote “Nanos gigantum humeris insidentes” (we are dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants) attributed to Bernardus Carnotensis (1115) and re-expressed by Sir Isaac Newton in 1676. Prof. Dr. Osam advised the graduates to adopt this philosophy and base their academic research on the work of great researchers.
The 2017-2018 Academic Year Spring Semester Postgraduate Graduation Ceremony continued with the awarding of diplomas to the students. Graduates of the PhD programs received their diplomas from EMU Rector whilst graduates of master’s programs received their diplomas from the acting Director of the Institute for Graduate Studies and Research Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ali Hakan Ulusoy and Assistant Director Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ahmet Rizaner. The ceremony ended with the tossing of the graduation caps in air.