Habib University held a combined Degree Distribution Ceremony for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 on campus grounds to celebrate the success of the two batches who despite the challenges of Covid-19 pandemic, did not waver from their academic pursuits. With strict Covid SOPs in place, this was the first large in-person gathering held at the campus after two years.
Conducting this ceremony was a natural extension of Habib University’s proactive approach during the pandemic. Habib University led the way, quickly and seamlessly shifting to online teaching and learning platforms. The entire Habib community had responded positively, especially the students, who faced the challenges with resilience and remained focused on their coursework. As a result, both batches timely graduated with virtual convocation ceremonies held in 2020 and 2021.
Every year, the convocation is a landmark celebratory event for the entire Habib community, as it climaxes the end of the students’ four-year academic journey. The Degree Distribution Ceremony saw students excitedly donning robes the second time to replenish getting their degrees in the warm presence of their friends and parents. Faculty members were also present to see their wards receive their degrees and wish them well in their future endeavors.
The ceremony was presided over by the President of Habib University, Mr. Wasif A. Rizvi, who advised the graduates to reflect on their self-cultivation at the University, “always reflect on what you were invited to cultivate within yourselves at Habib. Cure your cynicism with passion and khuloos,” he said.
On a note of encouragement, he advised the Class of 2020 and 2021 to challenge ugliness in life with beauty, destruction with grace, laziness and indifference with rigor and incompetence with excellence. He also advised them to tackle exploitation and greediness with goodness, generosity and service.
Dr. Aamir Hasan, Interim Vice President Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, spoke about the value of the ceremony in the company of the students’ mentors and loved ones, “Our gathering this evening [is]so very special. Not only does it provide you the opportunity to receive your degree in the presence of your faculty, who have facilitated you to reach to this point, it is also a time to share your success with your parents.”
With the pandemic in recession, Habib University is hopeful of hosting an in-person Convocation in 2022.