A time for bittersweet memories

Graduation Ceremony

A time for bittersweet memories

The tenth batch of outgoing students at Acharya Institute of Technology recently gathered in the college for one last time to celebrate their graduation day.

The ceremony was a perfect blend of formal events, nostalgic moments and plenty of fun. The 2013 batch trooped into the venue decked in their best — all of them made it a point to wear long gowns to really get into the feel of things.

They were all on cloud nine about the fact that they had finally completed their degree. But this happiness was bittersweet, since most of them were fairly nostalgic about leaving the institution and their friends behind.

The ceremony began with an invocation song, which commemorated the spirit of the occasion.

This was followed by a welcome speech and the traditional lighting of the lamp by a few of the dignitaries who were present.

It also included a session during which the graduating students reminisced about their time in the college, sharing memories and laughing over shared incidents. Shashank, one of the final-year students of the electronics and communication department, says, “It was the appropriate time for us to feel, rather than to think.”

He also mentioned the struggles that he and his peers had gone through to get to that point. The dignitaries on the occasion — including B M Reddy, the president of JMJ Education Trust, and Maheshappa, the principal of the college, addressed the gathering as well.

The chief guest of the event was George Philip, the vice-president and global practice head of analytics and information management practice at Mindtree. In his speech to the students, he gave many examples of people who had used their winning attitude to overcome obstacles and achieve success.

Certain meritorious students were given awards; these included Prachi Sharma, from the CS department; Ashish Pishey from the MT department; H A Praveen Tissera from the civil department; Supradeep C M from the EC department and Kandala Vidyasagar from the ME department among others. Prachi gave a short speech to her peers, in which she expressed the importance of friendship and teamwork to move ahead.

Sudarshan, a final-year student from the information science department, was visibly emotional.

 “These four years were the best period of my life. I will definitely miss my time in college and the good friends I made here,” he says. The programme came to an end with the giving away of the course-completion certificates.

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