Sanjida Afrin, AUW: “The Phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune’s spite; revive from ashes and rise”- Miguel de Cervantes. Every heart uttered the words of Miguel de Cervantes as the batch Phoenix, the third batch of Asian University for Women (AUW) marched in harmony with the music amongst the crowd at their convocation in Hall 24 on the 21st of May, 2015.
The convocation ceremony was inaugurated by AUW Trustee Young Joon Kim. A total of 115 graduates from 12 countries were conferred with the degree of Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts this year. Batch Phoenix was lucky to be embraced by the presence of the Chancellor of AUW, Mrs. Cherie Blair, the former first-lady of Britain, who could not make it to the first two convocations held in 2013 and 2014 due to political unrests in Bangladesh. US Ambassador Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat was the principal convocation speaker while Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu was present as chief guest at the ceremony.
The Vice-Chancellor of AUW, Dr. Fahima Aziz introduced the guests to the audiences and marked the occasion with her inspiring speech where she said to the graduating batch of 2015 that their journey towards becoming inspiring leaders and bringing remarkable changes to their country and community has begun with their graduation.
Zahra Jamila Iqra, a senior, was chosen to speak on behalf of batch Phoenix, the graduating batch of 2015. Iqra reflected on her unique experience of studying at AUW as a direct entry student and reminisced on her wonderful memories in the multicultural environment of AUW.
This year students from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Canada, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Srilanka and Vietnam graduated from AUW with the mission of contributing to their community and creating a better world.