The eighth convocation of Daffodil International University (DIU) was held yesterday on its permanent campus in Ashulia of Savar.
On behalf of Chancellor of the university President Abdul Hamid, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni presided over the ceremony and conferred degrees on 5,631 graduating students.
Among them, 17 were awarded gold medals for their outstanding results, said a press release.
Prof Abdul Mannan, chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC) was present as the special guest while Dr Pornchai Mongkhonvanit, president of Siam University in Thailand, was the convocation speaker.
The ceremony was also addressed by Founder and Chairman of DIU Board of Trustees Dr Md Sabur Khan, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Yousfuf Mahbubul Islam, Pro-VC Prof Dr SM Mahabub Ul Haque Majumder, Prof Ahmed Ismail Mostafa, Prof AMM Hamidur Rahman, Prof Shamsul Alam and Prof Dr Masum Iqbal.
Congratulating the students, Dr Dipu Moni said the most valuable wealth of a nation is its educated people. She urged the students to work for the betterment of the country.
Prof Abdul Mannan suggested the students to become entrepreneurs for keeping sustainability in economic sector.
Dr Md Sabur Khan encouraged the new graduates to become entrepreneurs and reminded them of the workshops, training, seminars, and lectures on entrepreneurship they had attended during the university life.
Dr Pornchai Mongkhonvanit said, “DIU has successfully prepared you to be here today. And it's you who will direct the nation, rule the job market and also create job placement for many others by being entrepreneurs.”
“When I look at you, I see IT specialists, corporate leaders, pharmacists, journalists, various professionals and teachers -- all future leaders leading their countrymen to serve the whole world. The five faculties with 23 promising departments prove my vision,” he added.
“Various statistics suggest the alarming rate of the unemployed graduates in Bangladesh and around the world. That means the more you are educated, the higher is the chance for you of remaining unemployed. So, to confront this challenging situation, your main weapon must be knowledge, sharpness in technological innovation, self-motivation and a smart work plan," he added.