To the delight of students, their loved ones and multitude of others with close bonds with the students, the ‘8th Graduation Ceremony’ on 8th February 2017 represented a fitting finale to their efforts and anxieties. The ‘Guest of Honour’, Ms Leasil Victoria Burrow (Director Strategy and Integration, BT Group), who had come from the United Kingdom for this event, aptly captured the sentiments of many in the congregation, when in her ‘Graduation Address’ she described the day when graduants transited into graduates.
By all accounts, this year’s event was the most memorable graduation ceremony in the history of G D Goenka World Institute. A record number of students attended the ceremony. The students visibly enjoyed the event and freely expressed warmth and nostalgia regarding their sojourn at G D Goenka World Institute.
Professor Suku Bhaskaran, delivered the ‘Welcome Address’ and spoke of his faith that the Class of 2016 will be “world beaters” and should be guided by their determination to be successful and humane individuals.
During her address, the Guest of Honour, Ms Leasil Victoria Burrow, practiced what all speakers have been saying in so many different ways. On her invitation, all students stood up and enthusiastically clapped their hands in acknowledgement of the immense contributions made by their loved ones and the Institute’s academic and administrative staff to their success in reaching this major milestone in their life. There were several teary eyes in the congregation, again aptly capturing the sentiments of the students and their loved ones on the culmination of this important phase in their lives.
Lancaster University’s Pro-Vice Chancellor Education, Professor Sharon Huttly, conferred Lancaster University degrees, diplomas and certificates on 160 students. Also in attendance were Lancaster University’s Provost, Professor Amanda Chetwind, G D Goenka Group Managing Director, Mr Nipun Goenka, and the Dean of G D Goenka World Institute, Professor Kim Anne Menezes.
Mr Mchema Chinzewe and Ms Sakshi Wadhawan were respectively recognized as the most outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate students for their academic excellence and contributions to extra and co-curricular activities. Mchema who comes from Zambia, is the first international student to be awarded the ‘Gopi Ram Goenka Medal’ for undergraduate studies, a befitting honour to a bright and active student who has made many friends in India by his very amiable personality. Lancaster University’s ‘Chancellor’s Medal’ was awarded in absentia to Mr Chetan Yadav who earned the MEng Computer Systems Engineering degree. The Chancellor’s Medal, established by Lancaster University (United Kingdom) in 2004 to Mark HRH Princess Alexandra’s 40 years of service as its founding chancellor, is presented annually to a select few meritorious students of the University. Congratulations to Mchema, Sakshi, and Chetan.