25 days ago
On Wednesday 3 November 2021, University of Kurdistan Hewlêr
(UKH) held it’s 11th and 12th graduation ceremony in a historic eventful
The event started with the march in of students, faculty and
governing board members. A total of 145 students from the class of 2020 were
awarded undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, as well as 194 students from
both levels in the class of 2021.
The ceremony was attended by His Excellency Masrour Barzani
Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, UKH Chancellor Idris
Nechirvan Barzani, ministers, senior advisors, diplomats and other dignitaries
as well as graduates’ families and guests.
After the march in and a moment of silence for the martyrs
of Kurdistan, UKH President Bill Rammell stepped onto the stage to deliver his
speech. Bill Rammell welcomed the attendees and congratulated the graduates on
their achievement. “Few days in your life will compete with this day and
profoundly shape your life. That also means that few graduation speeches like
mine are remembered in the swirl of achievement and anticipation. “he
Rammell also thanked the Prime Minister for his commitment
and support for education in the Kurdistan Region. “Your support for this
University and education in general is an immense comfort. May I also directly
thank you for your work in upholding security here. I often tell my friends in
the U.K. how much safer I am here than in London. May I also salute you and
your government’s commitment to religious pluralism and tolerance as well as
reform to maximise the talents of all Kurdistanis. I can tell you as a former
Foreign Office minister that the people and government of the U.K. are
privileged to count Kurdistan as an ally and friend” said Rammell.
Later, Bill Rammell invited Prime Minister Masrour Barzani
to address the graduates and the attendees. The Prime Minister congratulated
the graduates and thanked their families for giving them support. “With your
capacity, Kurdistan can truly become an economic, trade and investment hub for
Iraq and the region. I truly believe we can do it. And I am committed to
helping you achieve that” he continued.
The degree conferrals started with graduates of Petroleum
Engineering and ended with UKH’s first ever cohort of graduates from the School
Shana Barwari, graduate and top student of Civil Engineering
class of 2021 and Kiwie Tahir, graduate of Business Management delivered graduation
speeches on behalf of both graduating classes.
The end of the ceremony was announced as the Governing Board
members and senior faculty members marched out of the hall.