IMU’s First Graduation Ceremony Held


The date 7.7.2017 was a historic day for our University as we held our first graduation ceremony for our first class of graduates on this date. The ceremony took place in our South Campus and along with our graduates, their families and our academic staff, Nabi Avcı, Minister of Culture and Tourism, also attended the ceremony.

During the ceremony, about 300 of our first undergraduate students who had enrolled in 2012-2013 academic year in the departments of Turkish Language and Literature, Philosophy, History, International Relations, and Economics were awarded with their diplomas. In addition to this first group of bachelors, about 150 of our master’s and PhD graduates were also handed their diplomas. 

Starting with the procession of all graduating classes of students, the ceremony continued with the screening of a short video showing some of the graduands sharing their feelings about graduation. Next, Rector Prof. M. İhsan Karaman, M.D. came up to the stage for his opening speech, in which he congratulated all the graduands and expressed his excitement for holding our first graduation ceremony with such distinguished audience. In his speech, Prof. Karaman provided brief information about our University and introduced some of our significant projects such as our new Central Research Laboratory and Library, which are currently under construction. He told the graduates that they made history in IMU by being its first students and are like sons and daughters to all the faculty, stressing that they will always be a member of the IMU family all their lives.

The Minister of Culture and Tourism, Prof. Nabi Avcı underlined the innovative and research-oriented character of our University and expressed his strong belief that Istanbul Medeniyet University will soon distinguish itself as a brand in education both nationally and globally. The Minister then congratulated our graduates and personally handed the top student award to Abdülkadir Aksöz, the top student of the University for this academic year. Awards were also presented to the top students of their departments and faculties. After our Rector presented a plaque to Minister Nabi Avcı and thanked him for kindly attending the ceremony, Abdulkadir Aksöz delivered his top student speech. 

Following the awarding of all undergraduate students with their diplomas presented by the faculty of their respective departments and heads of departments, all graduate and post-graduate students who have earned their degrees were also handed their diplomas by the faculty of their departments. IMU’s first graduation ceremony ended with all graduates throwing their graduation caps in the air.