Near East University Faculty of Communication, 2021-2022 academic year spring term graduation ceremony was held at the Near East University Atatürk Culture and Congress Center.
At the graduation ceremony attended by many guests, along with the graduates of the Faculty of Communication, their families and academic staff, after a moment of silence and the singing of the National Anthem, a piano recital which was given by the Turkish Cypriot pianist Eser Ökten, who has given concerts in many countries of the world, enchanted the audience.
At the ceremony, Near East University Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kurt, Near East University Faculty of Communication Deputy Dean Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayhan Dolunay made speeches. On behalf of the graduates, Miracle Chizaram Gosioha, a graduate of the Faculty of Journalism, and Asrın Yıkıcı, a graduate of the Visual Communication Design Department, gave speeches, too.
Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kurt: “Read a lot, do research a lot, and evaluate yourself by the volume of what you don’t know, not what you know.”
Saying that paradigmatic changes show that a new era is beginning and that the world’s experiences with COVID-19 are equivalent to a paradigmatic change, Near East University Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kurt pointed out that this process turned into an existential questioning about life, which led to the re-examination of the ordinary and the elite, and that a similar existential questioning was also experienced after the Second World War, through which 65 million people died.
Addressing the graduate students, Prof. Dr. Kurt said, “The most important thing is to follow all kinds of positive and negative mental or physical actions towards the development of the welfare of the world, within the framework of the education you receive, and to raise awareness about this. That’s why you have to develop your intellectual capacity relentlessly. You should first have superficial and then in-depth knowledge about each subject. Read a lot, conduct research a lot, and evaluate yourself not by what you know, but by the volume of what you don’t know. While reading the world, keep in mind that there may be different readings. Remember that difference, diversity and otherness are richness and these are what make life essentially meaningful. But beyond that, never deviate from directness and honesty, and hold fast to the title of guardian of the truth given to you. Because this title is the main meaning of your existence.”
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayhan Dolunay: “One wing of a bird is science, the other wing is art. The Near East has both wings; so there is life at the Near East!”
Addressing the students at the graduation ceremony, Near East University Faculty of Communication Deputy Dean Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayhan Dolunay, in his speech, said, “One wing of a bird is science, the other wing is art. The Near East has both wings; so there is life at the Near East!”
Referring to the international achievements of Near East University, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dolunay said, “Near East University ranks 7th in the world in terms of education quality, enlisted among the top 250 universities in Europe, it is a university that is building the 9th largest museum in the world, is among the top 5 in the world with its libraries, and produces cars on its campus.”
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayhan Dolunay also addressed the graduates and said, “Dear graduates, you will crown your graduation success, which you have achieved by studying hard. As communicators who act in accordance with ethical principles in your professional life, follow developments and innovations and so you will make many achivements. Graduates of our Great Near East Family; you will always have a family here; You will represent this beautiful family in your every step and we will be honored with you just like today! May your path be clear and bright!”
Miracle Chizaram Gosioha: “The Near East University is covered with gold; There is a lot of hidden gold in this university, but only those who struggle until the end will find them.”
Miracle Chizaram Gosioha, who graduated from the Department of Journalism and became the top graduate of the faculty, delivered a speech on behalf of the graduates of the departments implementing their programs in English. Reminding that she started her university life four years ago, said “The Near East University is covered with gold; There is a lot of hidden gold in this university, but only those who struggle until the end will find it. This saying means ‘the best things in life are only for those who work hard to the end’. I am proud to be here today and I would like to thank my family and especially to my department head, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayça Atay and Assist. Prof. Dr. Naile Berberoğlu, and I also would like to thank all my teachers for their efforts.”
Asrın Yıkıcı: “Thank you for being with us on this happy and proud day.”
Asrın Yıkıcı, a graduate of the Department of Visual Communication Design, who graduated as the second top student of the faculty, gave a speech on behalf of the graduates of the departments that implement education in Turkish. Asrın Yıkıcı said, “I would like to thank my mother, Didem, and my father, Mesut Yıkıcı, who supported me in every step I have taken.
At the same time, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to our Deputy Dean Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayhan Dolunay, Head of Visual Communication Design Department Assist. Prof. Dr. Savaş Güngör, my advisor Fuat Boğaç Evren, my teacher Dr. Bahar Öztürk Güngör and to all my teachers. Dear Near East Family and guests, thank you for being with us on this happy and proud day.”
After the speeches, Near East University Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kurt presented the first and second students of the faculty with their medals and certificates. Afterwards, the graduates were given their diplomas by the faculty members and the ceremony ended with the cap throwing ceremony.