Graduation enthusiasm continues at Near East University. At the first ceremony, 175 students graduating from 5 faculties had graduation enthusiasm; At the second ceremony, 176 students who graduated from Near East University’s Economics and Administrative Sciences, Tourism, Theology, Law and Communication faculties and Vocational School threw their caps with greater enthusiasm.
The ceremony held at the Near East University Atatürk Culture and Congress Center was attended by Near East University Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kurt, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences Prof. Dr. Şerife Zihni Eyüpoğlu, Dean of the Faculty of Tourism, Prof. Dr. Nesrin M. Bahçelerli, Dean of Theology Prof. Dr. Mehmet Mahfuz Söylemez, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law and Director of the Vocational School of Justice, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yeter Tabur, Deputy Dean of Near East University Faculty of Communication, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayhan Dolunay, academicians, students and their families.
The ceremony, which started with a moment of silence and the reading of the National Anthem, continued with a musical concert performed by Near East University Atatürk Education Faculty Music Teaching Department Lecturer İlyas Abdulline.
The opening speeches of the ceremony were delivered by Near East University Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kurt, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Communication, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayhan Dolunay and Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences Prof. Dr. Şerife Zihni Eyüpoğlu. Burke Cenkciler, a Public Administration graduate from the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences of Near East University, spoke on behalf of Turkish students, and Isaac Nnamdı Okwumuo, a Banking and Accounting graduate, spoke on behalf of overseas students. Godwin Aıgbokhai, a graduate of the Tourism Management Master’s Program, spoke on behalf of the graduates.
Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kurt: “I wish you to strive for excellence, maintain the highest ethical standards and realize that your actions are linked to their consequences.”
Near East University Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kurt started his speech by emphasizing that the two basic principles that have guided academics and leaders throughout history are quality and ethics. Prof. Dr. Kurt; “Quality is the hallmark of excellence and includes the pursuit of perfection in everything we do. Commitment to quality requires attention to detail, dedication and continuous improvement efforts. Ethics, the moral compass that guides our actions and decisions, is the foundation of the fabric of society. Upholding ethical principles requires courage, honesty and a steadfast commitment to doing the right thing even in the face of adversity.”
Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kurt addressed the graduates and said, “Dear graduates, I recommend that you embody the principles of quality, ethics and causality in all your future efforts. I wish you to strive for excellence, maintain the highest ethical standards, and realize that your actions are linked to their consequences.”
Prof. Dr. Şerife Zihni Eyüpoğlu: “Lead positive changes by using the knowledge and skills you have gained.”
Stating that the higher education process consists of many difficult stages, Near East University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences Dean Prof. Dr. Şerife Zihni Eyüpoğlu said, “These difficulties have made you resilient, intelligent and talented individuals. Every challenge you have faced through many exams, research projects, presentations, assignments, and sleepless nights has made you stronger and more knowledgeable. Throughout this journey not only you have gained knowledge, but it has also been a process of personal growth.”
Emphasizing that success is not limited to individual achievements, but also stating that it is important to use the knowledge and skills one has in a way that is beneficial to society. Dr. Şerife Zihni Eyüpoğlu said, “Lead positive changes by using the knowledge and skills you have gained. “Strive to promote ethical and sustainable practices.”
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayhan Dolunay: “Your education life does not end here, continue to be a lifelong learner, be courageous, and work to make a positive impact on society.”
In his speech, Near East University; Near East University Faculty of Communication Deputy Dean Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayhan Dolunay started by touching on academic, scientific and artistic achievements of Near East University and said, “Near East University campus hosts artistic and scientific values with the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, the ninth largest museum in the world, and our prestigious Grand Libraries. At the same time, Near East University is among the top 50 universities worldwide with its education quality.”
“Dear graduates, you have successfully adapted to the rapidly changing world conditions during this education process and become representatives of this change with your knowledge and skills.” Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayhan Dolunay said, “I wholeheartedly congratulate our graduates. Your perseverance, resilience and passion have carried you to this important milestone. Your education life does not end here, continue to learn throughout life, be courageous and do not hesitate to make a positive impact on society.”
Burke Cenkciler: “As a graduate of Near East University, we now have our feet on the ground more firmly and we step into the future more ready and confident.”
Expressing his feelings on behalf of Turkish students, Near East University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences Public Administration graduate Burke Cenkçiler said, “We have successfully completed a long educational journey. Although this personal adventure was challenging at times, it was also enjoyable, instructive and developing. As a graduate of Near East University, we now have our feet on the ground more firmly and we step into the future more ready and confident,” he said.
Thanking his family and teachers who always supported him throughout his education life, Cenkciler said, “I would like to thank you again for the unlimited love and opportunities you provided for us. Graduating from Near East University is a privileged experience and a source of great pride.”
Isaac Nnamdi Okwumuo: “I interacted with wonderful people from different cultures while adapting to the new learning environment.”
Speaking on behalf of the international graduates, Isaac Nnamdi Okwumuo stated that his student life was challenging but also fun and said, “While adapting to the new learning environment, I interacted with wonderful people from different cultures. I spent long sleepless nights preparing for midterm and final exams. It was a strange experience for me, but I quickly adapted.”
“There is something to be proud of: We received a quality education. We have achieved high academic excellence and our education is not limited to just a diploma.” said Isaac Nnamdi Okwumuo, adding, “The real value of education is in our ability to have a positive impact on society as much as in the diploma. Whatever you do, do it to the best of your abilities. I believe that by believing in ourselves, we will overcome all the difficulties we face.”
Godwin Aigbokhai: “Let’s achieve better together, and most importantly, let’s lead our own discipline to offer a different perspective on the world.”
Speaking on behalf of the postgraduate graduates, Godwin Aigbokhai, a graduate of the Tourism Management Master’s Program, said, “What is important in this journey is who we are. Top grades and academic awards are merely a reflection of who we are. Obstacles are just stepping stones that strengthen our identity.”
Godwin Aigbokhai quotes Michael Jordan as saying, “Obstacles shouldn’t stop you. If you hit a wall, don’t give up. Quoting the words “Find out how to climb it or how to get around it,” he said, “Every new step in your life is an opportunity for new success.”