On Saturday 30 November 2013, 603 students graduated in various disciplines from Forman Christian College (A Chartered University). There were a total of 523 Baccalaureate and 80 masters and MPhil graduates. The valedictory speech was given by Nauman Ismail Khan, BS (Hons) Economics, who had a CGPA of 3.99. In addition to conferring degrees, medals were awarded to 20 students for achievements in their respective disciplines.
In his address, the FCC Rector Dr James A Tebbe announced that this Commencement marked the start of Forman Christian College’s 150th anniversary celebrations, which will conclude next year. Tens of thousands of students have graduated before this current graduating class, and they have been transformative agents of change for families, regions, provinces and nations. He told the graduating students that as part of this inheritance, they had received many benefits including a broad-based liberal arts education, one of the best faculties in Pakistan, and enhanced depth and quality of education. He enumerated the progress FCC had made in the last year, such as the new postgraduate degrees of MPhil Physics, PhD Biotechnology and Executive MBA as well as an Intensive English for Academic Preparation program to help bright students cope with an English medium university education. A new Centre for Dialogue and Action has been established to improve understanding among different communities in Pakistan.
An honorary doctorate was awarded to Formanite Dr Akbar S. Ahmed for his achievements as a distinguished administrator, scholar and teacher; his service to Pakistan; and for promoting interfaith harmony. Dr Ahmed expressed his two-fold gratitude to FCC: for the present honour bestowed upon him as well as for the education he received half a century ago. Addressing the graduating class he urged them to take forward and practise “ilm” and to begin to revive the Quaid’s vision of Pakistan.
The Governor Punjab, Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar, as Patron of FCC and Chief Guest, congratulated graduating students, their parents and teachers. He lauded FCC’s history of producing well-rounded individuals in a range of occupations. He exhorted graduating students to work hard in their practical and professional lives.
In addition to the Governor, Dr Tebbe was joined on stage by the Governor Balochistan, Muhammad Khan Achakzai, who is a Formanite. After all the degrees were conferred, Mr Achakzai shared some of his memories of FCC. He paid tribute to FCC by saying it had helped him assimilate a new set of values and understanding. He closed by emphasising that true education builds character and morality and FCC does that through its motto, “By love serve one another”.
Also present on stage were the Vice Rector (Intermediate) Dr C J Dubash, Acting Vice Rector Dr Sufian Aslam, and Registrar and Director Commencement Dr Hamid Saeed.
Other awardees at the convocation were Ms Saira Anwar faculty member from the Computer Sciences Department was awarded the Best Teacher Award; Mrs Betillia Marcellus (aka Ma’am Dolly) was awarded the Best Service Award for Administrative Staff and Mr Irshad was awarded Best Service Award for non-administration staff.
LIST OF AWARD WINNERS
Recipients of Medals
Professor E. J. Sinclair Medal, to the student who secures the highest CGPA: Nauman Ismail Khan
Dr J. H. Orbison Medal, to the student securing the highest CGPA in the Faculty of Natural and Physical Sciences: Syed Ammar Hussain
Sir Mian M. Shafi Medal, to the student securing the highest CGPA in the Faculty of Social Sciences: Zeeshan Yousaf
Swami Ram Teerath Medal, to the student securing the highest CGPA in the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science: Danish Michael
Professor M. S. Bhatti Medal, to the student securing the highest CGPA in the Faculty of Humanities: Sanaa Mehmuda Abbasi
Khan Bahadur Muhammad Sanaullah Medal, to the student securing the highest CGPA in the Faculty of Business and Economics: Nauman Ismail Khan
Sir Sheikh Abdul Qadir Medal, to the student securing the highest CGPA amongst the university candidates in the Faculty of Education: Sanaa Mehmuda Abbasi
Professors’ Medals awarded to the students securing the top three CGPAs in BS (Hons) Business:
Gold: Taseer Hassan
Silver: Zoha Siddique
Bronze: Farakh Anwar
Unilever Medal to the student securing the highest CGPA in BS (Hons) Business specialization in Marketing and Sales: Taseer Hassan
Shezan Medal to the student securing the highest CGPA in BS (Hons) Business specialization in Operations Management: Zoia Michelle
Askari Investment Medal, to the student securing the highest in BS (Hons) Business specialization in Accounting and Finance: Zoha Siddique
Dr E. D. Lucas Medal, to the student securing the highest CGPA in the Department of Economics: Nauman Ismail Khan
Dr C. M. Hussain Medal, to the student securing the highest CGPA in the Department of Mathematics: Sughra Batool
Dr Peter H. Armacost Medal to the student securing the highest CGPA in the Department of Psychology: Arman Ashraf
Dr Robert F. Tebbe Medal, to the student securing the highest CGPA amongst the university candidates in the Department of Chemistry: Syed Ammar Hussain
Dr Myron Miller Medal, to the student securing the highest CGPA in the Department of Philosophy: Hadeel Naeem
Engro Foods Medals awarded to the students securing the top three CGPAs in MBA:
Gold: Omair Hassan Bodla
Silver: Omar Javed Pal
Bronze: Hassan Shahid
Abdul Karim Medal, to the student securing the highest CGPA in Business Strategy in MBA: Omair Hassan Bodla
Shafqat Medal to the student securing the highest CGPA in Executive MA in Public Policy: Tauseef Dilshad Khatana
Certificate of Honor (Co-Curricular) to Uzair Khan BA (Hon), in Urdu Parliamentary Debate in National and International competitions. He won 5 first positions, 6 third positions, and 5 Runner-Up Trophies.
Sunita Salamat (Biotechnology)
Taseer Hassan (Business)
Syed Ammar Hussain (Chemistry)
Zubair Khalid Saleemi (Economics)
Sanaa Mehmuda Abbasi (English)
Sara Malik (Mass Communication)
Danish Michael (Computer Science)
Zeeshan Yousaf (Political Science)
Sanaa Mehmuda Abbasi (Education)
Sabrina Asim (Social Science)
Sughra Batool (Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science)
Sadia Khursheed (Natural/Physical Sciences)