SZABIST 11th Convocation 2015
Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) held its 11th convocation on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at Karachi Expo Centre. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Ms. Sherry Rehman, Former Ambassador of Pakistan to the US.
The ceremony included speeches by the SZABIST Chancellor Dr. Azra Fazal, Acting President Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali and Chief Guest Ms. Sherry Rehman. All speakers extended their heartiest congratulations to the graduates of 11th Convocation and their parents in their speeches. Moreover, Vice President (Admin and Finance), Ms. Nasreen Haque, members Board of Trustees, Board of Governors of SZABIST were present during the auspicious occasion.
More than 3500 people attended the event including graduates, their parents, corporate delegates, faculty and staff of SZABIST, and the event was covered by the print and electronic media. 1050 degrees were conferred and a total of 186 Corporate Gold Medals and Merit Gold Medals were awarded to the graduates for their outstanding academic performance.
Chancellor, SZABIST in her speech congratulated the graduates on the success they have achieved. She added that our founding Chancellor Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto had great faith in the vibrant youth of this country. She believed that the young people of Pakistan will not tire of their struggle to give this country its rightful place among the nations of the world. And this is what we do here at SZABIST. She added that "we groom our students so that they have the courage to dream of a better future, pursue that dream with a passion and inspire others to join them, through their integrity and conviction."
Acting President, SZABIST highlighted the achievements of SZABIST students. She stated, "SZABIST provides a holistic and profound educational environment to our students, without discrimination and prejudice. Its secular and pluralistic environment provides an equal opportunity to all who come to SZABIST an opportunity to grow and fully actualize their potential. Furthermore, she added, "we have groomed our students to take up challenges and transform them into opportunities for self-growth and learning, persevere through difficulties and with fortitude and work with honesty and integrity to make the world a better place."
The Chief Guest, Ms. Sherry Rehman congratulated SZABIST faculty and its management for their extraordinary effort to establish SZABIST as one of the leading educational institutions in Pakistan. While addressing the graduates she said that, "Today the day is yours. We are here to share with you a milestone of your life and I am very happy to be a part of it. Today we are here to celebrate your hard work, your diligence and your dedication to education. It is a moment of pride for your parents who have brought you up with the right values, for your teachers who have been your guides and mentors and for us as we watch you now brimming with positive energy ready to play your role in the prosperity of your country.
SZABIST Management was especially thankful to the following sponsors: Habib Bank Limited, UBL Funds, Urdu1, Standard Chartered Bank Pakistan, Hilton Pharma and Pak Oasis for promoting excellence in education.