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2014-2015 Academic Year Fall Semester Graduation Ceremony
Published Date: Monday, 23 February 2015
1486 graduates received their diplomas at Eastern Mediterranean University's 2014-2015 Academic Year Fall Semester Graduation Ceremony which took place at EMU Lala Mustafa Paşa Sports Center. Among notable names who attended the ceremony were Speaker of the TRNC Assembly Dr. Sibel Siber, Prime Minister Özkan Yorgancıoğlu, Minister of Interior Teberrüken Uluçay, Minister of Education Dr. Özdemir Berova, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Hakan Dinçyürek, Famagusta District Governor Şifa Çolakoğlu and Famagusta Mayor and Chair of the Board of Trustees İsmail Arter.
The ceremony which started with a moment of silence and the national anthem hosted speeches on behalf of the graduates by Education Faculty and Mathematics Department top scoring graduate Emrullah İsa Gürbüz and Business and Economics Faculty and Economics Department top scoring graduate Warda Bukhari. Following the speeches, graduates took part in the symbolic tree planting ceremony.
In his opening address, EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam stated that the graduates have been educated in a multicultural environment which gives importance to universal values. Prof. Dr. Osam added that the diplomas are the products of great efforts, sacrifices and belief. Adding that EMU has become an important institution throughout the world due to its successes, Prof. Dr. Osam put forth that the biggest indicator of the graduates' faith towards Eastern Mediterranean University will be their contributions to the education system of the TRNC.
In his address, TRNC Minister of Education Dr. Özdemir Berova stated that universities carry special importance in the path to becoming an information society and Eastern Mediterranean University is extremely valuable in this respect. Stating the importance of the contributions of the the universities in the promotion of the TRNC, Berova put forth that it is the universities that will take the TRNC to the place it deserves at the international level.
Prime Minister Özkan Yorgancıoğlu expressed his appreciation of EMU's success at the international level. Yorgancıoğlu also advised the new graduates to follow the developments in their chosen fields. Stating that graduates will always be providing services both for their community and the humanity, Yorgancıoğlu put forth that graduates are always welcome at TRNC.
In her speech, TRNC Speaker of the Parliament Dr. Sibel Siber expressed her excitement regarding the graduation of the students and added that graduates possess all skills to convert negative issues into positive ones.
Following the protocol speeches, faculty, school and department top scoring students were presented their awards and diplomas. EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam, then, presented medals marking the 25th anniversary of the graduation of the former graduates. The ceremony continued with the diploma presentation to doctoral degree, master's, undergraduate and associate program graduates. At the end of the ceremony, popular Turkish pop singer Ziynet Sali gave a concert in honor of the graduates.