61 graduate at informal inter-semester graduation ceremony
SIXTY-ONE students were awarded degrees at the informal inter-semester graduation ceremony organized at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) on 27 July 2016. Held two months after AIT’s 125th Graduation ceremony, this informal event saw six doctoral, 43 Master’s and 12 Bachelor’s degrees being awarded.
Graduating students came from 10 countries — India, Indonesia, Iran, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, PR China, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. Forty-two graduates came from AIT’s School of Engineering and Technology (SET),while 16 came from the School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD); two from the School of Management (SOM), and one from a joint SERD-SOM program.
Speaking on behalf of the AIT President, Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto, Vice President for Administration (VPA) described AIT as a global village that produces future leaders. He mentioned that graduation is an occasion where their hard work, efforts and accomplishments are recognized. However, these accomplishments are a starting point for future achievements, Prof. Yamamoto remarked. He exhorted upon graduands to maintain their linkage with their alma mater and contribute towards its mission of producing global citizens.
The candidates were presented by the Chair of the Academic Senate, Prof. Mukand Singh Babel on behalf of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Graduating students were introduced by their School Deans — Prof. Rajendra Shrestha, Dean, SERD; Prof. Nazrul Islam, Interim Dean, SOM; and Dr. Matthew N. Dailey, Acting Dean,SET. Ms Laarni B. Roa, Director, Office of Student Affairs (OSA) was the Master of Ceremonies.
Addressing the graduands, AIT’s Vice President for Development (VPD) Mr. Surendra Shrestha mentioned how the world is looking towards the East, and that Asia is increasingly playing a dominant role in the global economy. He also spoke about the transition from an industrial to a digital knowledge economy, and the global focus on Sustainable Development. Asking students to focus on the big picture, he asked them to search for inner peace and happiness by looking inwards rather than pursuing external riches.
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