It was not just Halloween that was unique about 31st October 2015, but rather the graduation ceremony of Manipal University Dubai students, held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel. The function took place from 10 am to 1 pm, atmosphere filled with excitement of the audience as degrees were conferred to the students.
RamdasM. Pai, Chancellor of Manipal University, granted the graduate and post-graduate degrees after the students were presented to him by the respective Chairperson of each school.
The distribution of special awards for students from each school with Academic Excellence or Outstanding Contribution was momentous as well. “We are indebted to Dubai International Academic City for honouring the hardwork of our students,” stated Joyeeta Bhattacharya, Student Services Officer of Manipal University Dubai.
|The fresh graduates take their oath. Photo by: Joanna Justin|
The recipients were handed the special awards for their hard work and contributions, by Shazadi Durrani, Head of Student Hub at DIAC and was assisted by Bhakti More, Associate Professor in the School of Design & Architecture. Aside from the overwhelmed feelings they experienced, the graduates felt nostalgic too.
“There was a lot of learning. There were a lot of ups and downs, but in the end, we managed to come together and solve everything,” said Urvashi Dutt, Media & Communication graduate. “And all I will say is that hard work pays off,” she added, when asked about the difficulty to achieve the Academic Excellence Award.
“I was working as well but it never felt like a struggle because, since I loved the subject, there was nothing like that,” told Jisha Anna Jose, Media & Communication post-graduate, currently employed as a copywriter. “I never felt like it was a hardship, but I really enjoyed the challenge.”
The event concluded with taking of an oath by the students, the final line of the promise having been, ‘Service before Self’.
By Revathy Rajan
The writer is a final year Media & Communication student specialising in journalism