On Saturday 30 November 2019, 751 Baccalaureate (Hons) students graduated in various disciplines from Forman Christian College (A Chartered University) during a ceremony attended by dignitaries, FCCU faculty, staff, and graduates’ parents.
Former Finance Minister and Chairperson Formanites Alumni Association Mr Shaukat Tarin (SI) was the chief guest for the occasion, while Mr Iftikhar Shirazi from Atlas Honda Group was the guest of honor.
The Baccalaureate (Hons) valedictory speech was given by Ms Nimra Khurram who graduated with a CGPA of 3.974. 21 medals were awarded to students for achievements in their respective disciplines in 24 Baccalaureate (Hons) programs. 25 Certificates of Distinction were awarded to students scoring high CGPAs. 7 students were awarded Roll of Honor Co-curricular Awards and 18 students were presented Outstanding Student Awards in their respective departments and faculties.
In his commencement address, FCCU Rector Dr James A Tebbe (SI) expressed his gratitude to the students and members of the FCCU Alumni Board who gathered for the event. Dr Tebbe went on to encourage the graduates to never give up trying and believing in themselves. He congratulated the graduating class of 2019 and said that they are now a part of a great tradition of thousands of graduates that FCCU has educated since its inception. Dr Tebbe also said that FCCU has been providing quality education to young men and women and that the students must now give back to the society. The Rector added that FCCU has provided its graduates a wholesome experience through its liberal arts education as the graduates received the opportunity to study and work with students from various backgrounds and explore their interests in different areas of study.
In his address to the graduating class of 2019, Mr Tarin advised them to learn to apply the valuable knowledge they have acquired at FCCU to solve complex problems that our world faces today in a socially responsible way. He asked them to consider that with the privilege of education comes responsibility to serve society and above all, to work towards the betterment of our great nation Pakistan. He asked them to remember; to tackle difficult problems they need to ask difficult questions and address them with focus and determination. He said, no matter what obstacles the graduates face in their future, they may be optimistic and persistent in all that they do. As the Chairperson of the Formanites Alumni Association, he welcomed the new graduates to become an active part of the Alumni Association for the betterment of FCCU.
The degrees and medals were presented to students by Rector Dr James Tebbe, Mr Shaukat Tarin, Mr Iftikhar Shirazi, Dean of Education and Head of Academic Advising Ms Cheryl Burke, Dean of Postgraduate Studies Dr Kauser Abdulla Malik (SI,TI, HI), Dean of Natural Sciences Dr Dildar Ahmed, Dean of Social Sciences Dr Sikandar Hayat Khan, Dean of IT and Mathematics Dr Ahmad Mahmood Qureshi, and Dean of Management, Business & Commerce Dr Rao Raza Hashim. Also present at the occasion were Registrar Dr Hamid Saeed, Additional Registrar Dr Sufian Aslam and Vice Rector Intermediate Dr Ivan Suneel.
Dr Ivan Suneel was also awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award while Ms Cheryl Burke was awarded the Outstanding Customer Service Award (Administrative). IT Support Engineer Mr Shahid Gill, and Student Dealing Supervisor Mr Naeem Gulzar, were awarded Outstanding Customer Service Awards (Non-Administrative).