NU Class of 2021 online graduation ceremony
NU’s seventh graduation ceremony has taken place in Nur-Sultan online. 1155 Bachelor, Master, and PhD degrees were conferred to the 7th cohort of NU graduates.
Congratulating students with making it to the end of their studies, President Katsu highlighted the importance of resilience and agility amplified in the past one and a half years of the COVID-19 pandemic. In his speech, President Katsu emphasized the role of NU in the development of the country’s economy, as the University is looked upon as a driving force for effective reforms.
“NU is perceived as a national incubator. We are tasked with pioneering and testing new models for Kazakhstan’s future economy, the economy that will be less dependent on commodity exports and more diversified. As graduates, as future leaders of Kazakhstan, you will have to carry the torch and translate our ambitions into reality. Many people will doubt you, they will think your dreams are outsized, but do not let others define you, as only you can define yourself”, said President Katsu.
Provost Adesida congratulated the graduates on their high achievements. In his address, Provost Ilesanmi Adesida reminded the attendees of the NU graduates’ attributes. “We challenge you to remain intellectually agile, to remain curious, creative and open-minded. And we remind you that open-minded people are magnanimous people”, said Provost Adesida.
NU Professors also congratulated students with the virtual video messages. Professor Dimitrios Emiris, Director of Master of Engineering management program: “We are all very proud of you for achievements and commitment during this unique period which demanded adaptability, flexibility, hard work and cultivation of new skills. You rose up to the challenges and fulfilled your duties and goals…Your trip does not stop here. This is only one station, from now on you need to transform your knowledge to results.”
This year 400 students graduated from the School of Engineering and Digital Sciences, including 295 bachelor graduates, 92graduates from the Master’s program and 13 PhD programs.