The University held its Sixth Convocation at Azara Campus on Saturday, the 9th September, where degrees were conferred to 728 students, of which 212 students received the degree in Bachelor of Technology, 41 Master of Technology, 54 Master of Social Work, 20 Master of Computer Applications, 34 Master of Business Administration, 9 MA in Psychological Counseling, 5 MA in Human Rights, 4 MA in Mass Communication, 7 MA in Education and 13 M.Sc. in Physics and 14 Masters in Life Sciences. Doctoral degrees were conferred to 6 scholars. In the DBU Global on-line courses degrees were conferred to 309 candidates.
Gold Medals under various categories were awarded to 16 outstanding graduates with the highest Cumulative Grade Point Average in each program. Also Amar Kujur of Masters of Business Administration (MBA) had been awarded the chancellor’s gold medal for being the outstanding student from amongst all the PG courses of ADBU and the Vice Chancellor’s medal had been awarded to Rachael George from the department of Computer Science and Engineering for outstanding performance amongst the UG courses of the university.
The Hon’ble Governor of Assam, Shri Banwarilal Purohit who presided the event as the Visitor to the university, in his address congratulated the graduates and urged them to unite in fighting against corruption which is rampant in the country, “No matter where we come from, what God we worship, we are bound together by this nation and we must work together to achieve this nation’s dreams”.
Commencing the convocation ceremony, Salesian Provincial of Guwahati and Chancellor of ADBU, Fr. V.M. Thomas congratulated the graduates as they are about to begin the new chapter of their life with mixed feelings of empowerment and excitement. He emphasized on the fact that the North East India is blessed with all possible resources that easily should help the region to attract attention of stakeholders from all parts of the world, and though the region have been in news for various wrong reasons, but there are also ample reasons to celebrate the strengths of North East India and her people. “It is time that all of us pull our collective resources to project the desired image of the region which has the potential to become an economic hub of the country with easy access to the ASEAN economy and also a tourism hotspot globally”.
The Vice Chancellor Dr. (Fr.) Stephen Mavely began his address by welcoming the Hon’ble governor and chief minister of Assam as well as all the graduates and the dignitaries. Fr. Mavely presented a comprehensive report of the university covering all the significant developments that had taken place in the university in past one year in the areas of research, academics, infrastructural developments and quality assurance, to name a few. He also mentioned about special emphasis focused upon the core strengths of the university such that the University possesses a culture which is uniquely its own-“the Don Bosco’s system of education”, and it energizes and knits the entire fraternity together into one educative community.
While sharing one of his recent experiences, he opined about the special attribute that every Bosconian graduate possess: “the sense of social commitment to ‘get into the pain of things’, and alleviate the pain and agony in whatever way possible.” He concluded on a very reflective note saying, “Your future is in your hands… Carpe Diem! Seize the Day! Let me wish you, an abundance of God’s blessings as you ‘journey on in hope…!”
Rachael George, awarded double gold medal for securing highest CGPA in Computer Science and Engineering and also the prestigious Vice chancellor’s medal, expressed her gratitude towards the university and mentioned that “Don Bosco was a very important milestone in our lives and a ladder to our dreams. It was, is and always will be a place to foster our minds and bodies, pushing us to achieve the impossible and believing that we can do it”.
Mr. Alankar Hajoary, who has been awarded degree for Masters in Computer Applications on the occasion, expressed his deep pleasure and honour to deliver the valedictorian speech on behalf of all the PG students. Expressing his profound gratitude towards the university he stated “Dear friends, let us not forget what Don Bosco University has given us, let’s make this world a better place to live in. Let the world look up upon us and say, “That gentleman/lady is the product of Don Bosco University.” Stand with pride as a Bosconian.” Mr. Hajoary concluded with the promise that the graduates of the university are the flag bearers of the university and will whole heartedly contribute in every way possible.
Ramona Singani, a valedictorian from South Africa thanked Assam Don Bosco University on behalf of all the DBU global graduates, for the unswerving support and spreading the wings of education beyond borders.
Another valedictorian, Fr. Shajymon ML, who has been awarded the doctoral degree on this occasion expressed his immense joy and profound gratitude to the Almighty God and ADBU and mentioned that it is a matter of privilege to be a part of ADBU. He also stated, “We are very proud of our esteemed research supervisors, mentors, who are down to earth and extremely enduring and highly compassionate all through our endeavours to accomplish our dreams.”
The joy filled contented faces of the graduates and their parents, the starlit evening, the beautifully decorated campus and the fragrance of joviality in the air, marked the successful completion of another spectacular milestone in the history of ADBU.
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