The Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, hosted a momentous convocation ceremony at its Main Campus, conferring degrees upon 1,184 graduates across various disciplines. The event showcased the culmination of the students’ academic journeys, marked by distinguished guests, inspirational speeches, and recognition of outstanding achievements.
Diverse Graduating Class:
The graduating batch comprised 776 graduates from six undergraduate programs, 403 graduates from ten postgraduate programs, and five graduates from three PhD programs. Notably, nearly 40% of the graduates were young women, reflecting IBA’s commitment to empowering women in various fields.
The ceremony boasted the presence of esteemed guests, with Justice (Retd.) Maqbool Baqar, the Caretaker Chief Minister of Sindh and Patron IBA, serving as the Chief Guest. Dr. Azra Raza, Chan Soon-Shiong Professor of Medicine and Clinical Director at Columbia University in New York, attended as the Guest of Honor.
Encouragement from Leadership:
Dr. S Akbar Zaidi, the Executive Director of IBA Karachi, commended the graduates for their hard work and emphasized the importance of this milestone in their educational journey. He highlighted the institute’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity, with 30% of students receiving financial assistance. Dr. Zaidi also celebrated the success of the first cohort of MS Finance, underlining the institution’s expansion beyond a traditional business school.
Empowering the Future:
Dr. Raza addressed the graduates, encouraging them to embrace the uncertainties of the future. She emphasized the immense capabilities of the human brain, quoting poets and urging the graduates to be consistent in their pursuits. Drawing inspiration from Mohammad Ali Jinnah, she stressed the importance of honesty, delivering results, and making life meaningful.
Leadership and Responsibility:
Justice (Retd.) Baqar emphasized the transformative power of education at IBA, urging graduates to embody patriotism, discipline, and responsible citizenship. He highlighted the diverse academic environment of IBA, encouraging graduates to carry the spirit of acceptance and respect into their interactions with the world. Acknowledging the responsibility of IBA graduates as future leaders, he called for contributions to society and Pakistan’s progress through the celebration of diversity.
The convocation ceremony recognized position holders across various degree programs, awarding them medals, shields, and certificates of merit. Ali Raza Khan, a swimming champion from the Class of 2024, was honored with the ‘Excellence in Sports’ award.
The IBA Karachi Convocation 2023 was a testament to academic excellence, diversity, and the institute’s commitment to shaping future leaders. As the graduates embark on their professional journeys, the event serves as a reminder of the values instilled by IBA – values that will undoubtedly contribute to their success and make a positive impact on society.
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