APIIT Sri Lanka holds annual Convocation 2020 | Daily News

APIIT Sri Lanka holds annual Convocation 2020

Chairman, University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka, Senior Professor Sampath Amaratunge, Guest of Honour, Managing Director, Nestlé Lanka PLC, Fabrice Cavallin and other dignitaries at the Convocation
Chairman, University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka, Senior Professor Sampath Amaratunge, Guest of Honour, Managing Director, Nestlé Lanka PLC, Fabrice Cavallin and other dignitaries at the Convocation

The Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT) Sri Lanka held its annual Convocation at the Main Hall of the BMICH on February 10.

Chairman, University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka, Senior Professor Sampath Amaratunge graced the occasion as Chief Guest while Managing Director, Nestlé Lanka PLC, Fabrice Cavallin joined as Guest of Honour.

The Convocation saw 338 graduands of APIIT obtain globally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Business, Computing and Law awarded by Staffordshire University, UK. There were 38 First Class Honours passes, 117 Second Class (First Division) passes and 10 Postgraduate distinctions.

Chairman of APIIT Sri Lanka, Bandula Egodage addressing the gathering said, “The annual Convocation is the most remarkable event in our academic calendar. APIIT’s purpose is to nurture leaders who uplift lives; you are the leaders of the future. You will have the unique opportunity and profound responsibility to contribute to the economic and social advancement of our country - your hopes, your dreams, your energy and your efforts will shape and create the future for all of us”.

The ceremony was a joyous occasion where students who entered APIIT as young undergraduates finally reaped the fruits of their hard work and formally bid goodbye to student life. Reflecting the high standards of education at APIIT leading to a rich learning experience and overall personality development, the graduands walked on to the stage to receive their awards exuding confidence and were poised to take on the challenges of their career and life ahead.

Chief Guest, Senior Professor Sampath Amaratunge, Chairman, University Grants Commission, Sri Lanka in his Convocation address said, “Today APIIT is awarding 338 students a degree that will take them far in their lives. I would first like to convey my best wishes to those who are graduating from this esteemed institution.”

“The country and the world are facing a pandemic; the most severe in recent history. During a time when the freedom to breathe has been restricted, you have completed a great academic feat. You have successfully laid the foundation stone to your journey ahead”, he added.

Professor Liz Barnes, Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University, the UK who shared her message via video said, “Every one of you graduating today has achieved something significant and special.”

In his speech, Guest of Honour, Fabrice Cavallin, Managing Director, Nestlé Lanka PLC said, “Today, the world is in a state of constant fast-paced change, with thousands of trends and an overflow of information. I’d like to pass on some of my learnings over the years that will help you to succeed in this new reality. Be a critical thinker, keeping an open mind, and separating facts from opinions.”