In our 10th anniversary, 1076 of our students proudly walked at the graduation ceremony
Özyeğin University's 8th graduates this year, students of doctoral, master's, undergraduate and double major programs were awarded their diplomas at the ceremony held on July 6, 2019, to step into their new lives.
A total of 1076 Özyeğin students, of which 956 are undergraduate and 120 graduate, received their diplomas at the ceremony which started with the opening address by Rector Prof. Dr. Esra Gençtürk.
Prof. Dr. Gençtürk remarked that they took great pride to graduate a total of 1076 students at the 8th Graduation Ceremony, including 956 undergraduate and 120 graduate students representing 24 different countries. “This is a well-deserved pride for we graduate our students as individuals vested with a world-class education, embracing entrepreneurship as their philosophy of life, remaining sensitive to both local and global problems, and possessing a well-developed sense of citizenship, as well as humanitarian values”, said Prof. Dr. Gençtürk and continued: “With this year’s Commencement Ceremony, we are also witnessing an important period in the history of Özyeğin University. Our university opened its doors to its first students in 2008, and celebrated its 10th year anniversary in the 2018-2019 academic year. We cannot pride ourselves enough as Özyeğin University has been ranked among Turkey’s most prestigious universities and our pioneering efforts have become recognized as best practice examples on both national and international platforms within such a short time, especially for a higher education institution.”
“You will build the future of Turkey”
Following Prof. Dr. Esra Gençtürk’s speech, Mr. Hüsnü Özyeğin, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Özyeğin University addressed the graduates: “I believe that the greatest service to be made to a society and country is to train a qualified and well-equipped youth. Our University is the result of this service; and today, I feel very proud and happy to be addressing you at our University’s 8th Commencement Ceremony. My passion for education was crowned with Özyeğin University, the result of this service. I set off on this journey with the goal of founding an innovative university that is able to meet not only the needs of Turkey but also the world. The last 10 years have been filled with unforgettable proud moments for me. Some of these moments were even beyond my dreams. But founding a university starts with a dream. And for the founder of a university, the most meaningful day is, undoubtedly, the graduation day. The dream of founding a university may turn into a reality on the day the first students pass through the gates of the university, but that dream actually becomes embodied, and gains meaning and value with its graduates. You are the ones who will build the future of Turkey.”