There was festive ambience outside the Auditorium, but inside it was that of a sacred mega-ritual being performed. Many were watching the proceedings with mixed emotions. The occasion was the Graduation Ceremony of the College held on 27 September 2018 to distribute course completion certificates to students who have completed various degree programmes of the College. The Ceremony was described as a secular rite of passage for marking the moment of transition in the life of participating students from studenthood to adulthood. Some compared it with the ancient Indian rite of passage known as “Samaavartana“. Whatever be the way one looks at it, students as well as their parents derive a great deal of enjoyment and satisfaction in participating in the Ceremony.
The ceremony was held strictly adhering to its traditional practices: academic procession from the premises of the Principal’s office led by a band set, welcome address by the Principal, Graduation Address by the Chief Guest, presentation of candidates, distribution of certificates, group photos, etc. Mr V Muraleedharan, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) was the Chief Guest on the Occasion. Mr Sudhakaran Polasseri, Chairman, VICT, presided over the proceedings and directed the rituals. Heads of Departments, senior functionaries of the College and the Management, and office bearers of the Parent-Teacher Association were all present to witness the proceedings. The proud parents of the participating students turned up in large numbers.
In his graduation address Mr Muraleedharan, MP, reminded the students: “Apart from technical knowledge, students should understand real values which will guide them throughout their life. There may be challenging situations, but students must be able to discern between what is right and what is wrong.”
The proceeding began at about 4.00 pm and concluded with a national anthem at about 6.30 pm. An Organising Committee under the leadership of Dr N Ramachandran (Head of ME Dept) and Mr Arun Lohithakshan (AP, ME Dept) and comprising of the Group Tutors of the participating students as members meticulously planned and implemented the various components of the Ceremony.
Print media reports
- Deepika 29.09.2018
- Janmabhumi 29.09.2018
- Kerala Kaumudi 29.09.2018
- Mathrubhumi 29.09.2018
- The Indian Express 01.10.2018