University of Kyrenia held a graduation ceremony at the University of Kyrenia Grand Library Culture, Congress and Exhibition Center for the students who were entitled to graduate in the 2022-2023 Fall Term.
Near East University Acting Rector Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ, International Final University Rector Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Yaratan, Rauf Denktaş University Rector Prof. Dr. Hasan Ali Bıçak, University of Kyrenia Rector Prof. Dr. İlkay Salihoğlu, Vice Rectors, Secretary General, Chief Physicians, Institute Directors, Deans, Vice Deans, Heads of Departments, Vocational School Directors, Lecturers, Graduates, 60+ Age Refreshment University students, parents and guests attended the ceremony.
The ceremony started with a moment of silence and the National Anthem and continued with Nina Koçubey's violin recital. University of Kyrenia Rector Prof. Dr. İlkay Salihoğlu made the opening speech and Yiğithan Ballı, a student from the Department of Transportation Management Engineering, Faculty of Maritime Studies, spoke on behalf of Turkish students, while Amos Olanrewaju David, a graduate of the Department of Aeronautical Engineering, Faculty of Aviation and Space, spoke on behalf of international students.
Following the speeches, the ceremony continued with the certificate presentation of the faculty members who applied for appointment and promotion in the 2022-2023 Academic Year. At the ceremony, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Çetin Volkan Öztekin from the Department of Urology of the Faculty of Medicine received the title of professor; Cihan Alphun from the Faculty of Tourism, Utku Gürhan from the Faculty of Medicine, Hazel Şahin Tarım, Çiğdem Bediz and Jawad Ahmad Abu- Shennar from the Faculty of Health Sciences were promoted to assistant professorship. Their appointment certificates were presented by Near East University Acting Rector Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ and University of Kyrenia Rector Prof. Dr. İlkay Salihoğlu.
The ceremony, which continued with the delivery of certificates to the graduates of the 60+ Age Refreshment University, ended with the cutting of the graduation cake and a cocktail after the collective photo shoot.
Prof. Dr. İlkay Salihoğlu: "Our graduates have not only received a diploma today. They have also acquired skills that they can use for a lifetime."
University of Kyrenia Rector Prof. Dr. İlkay Salihoğlu, who started his speech by congratulating the graduates and their families, said that the children entrusted to them by their families have raised their children in the best way and handed them over to their families as professionals today. "Our graduates have not only received a diploma today. At the same time, they have acquired skills that they can use for a lifetime," Prof. Dr. Salihoğlu told the graduates, "Remember that learning is a lifelong phenomenon. Therefore, never stop learning." Prof. Dr. Salihoğlu continued his speech by stating that universities have the duty of producing science in addition to their education and training duties, and that educational institutions that produce science have the opportunity to open up to the world, to be recognized and integrated in the world. Prof. Dr. Salihoğlu also stated that universities that produce science also enable the development of lecturers and that University of Kyrenia is the institution that produces the highest number of scientific publications per lecturer in the TRNC. Prof. Dr. İlkay Salihoğlu ended his speech with the word "peace be with you" used by sailors when saying goodbye and received great applause from the graduates and their families.
Yiğithan Ballı: "We will never forget University of Kyrenia."
Speaking on behalf of the Turkish graduates of the University of Kyrenia, Yiğithan Ballı, a graduate of the Faculty of Maritime Studies, Department of Transportation Management Engineering, said that they will never forget the University of Kyrenia and that they owe a debt of gratitude to the professors at this institution where they spent four years with bitter and sweet moments. Emphasizing the importance of receiving education in a modern institution, Ballı stated that the devotion shown by their families was very great and that it is not possible to repay this devotion. Final University Rector Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Yaratan presented his diploma to Yiğithan Ballı, who said goodbye to all his friends and teachers with the word "peace be with you", which is the farewell word of sailors as a sailor.
Amos Olanrewaju David: "I bow to all my professors with respect."
Amos Olanrewaju David, a graduate of the Department of Aeronautical Engineering, Faculty of Aviation and Space, spoke on behalf of international students at the graduation ceremony. Amos Olanrewaju David said that he joined the University of Kyrenia at the age of sixteen, and emphasized that the professors not only taught and prepared them for life, but also acted as mothers and fathers to them. Amos Olanrewaju David said "I bow with respect in front of all my professors" and ended his speech by thanking his friends and family who supported him. Amos Olanrewaju David was presented his diploma by the rector of Rauf Raif Denktaş University Prof. Dr. Hasan Ali Bıçak.