The Department of English and Humanities at ULAB organized the Summer 2022 Commencement program on September 27, 2022, for the graduating students of BA and MA in English. The event, organized by the students of Batch 191, revolved around the theme “The Future Awaits.” from DEH Batch 191.
The commencement was honored by the presence of artiste extraordinaire Ms. Mehreen, who is famous as a multi genre artist, pop, jazz singing, judge of Bangladeshi Idol, crossover artist, and her gracious aura. Moreover, she had been working with the World Food Programme (WFP) as a goodwill ambassador, Women Federation for World Peace as Peace ambassador and Vice president of Chapter Bangladesh. But, beyond that, in her inspiring speech, Mehreen reminisced about her experiences being a literature student herself of Professor Kaiser Haq and Professor Syed Manzoorul Islam. She encouraged the students with her beautiful singing and her sweet and inspiring words. After that, the Head of the Department handed over a gift to her on behalf of the department.
The opening of the commencement formally began with the profound words shared by the Head of the Department and Associate Professor, Ms. Arifa Ghani Rahman. After that, Professor Kaiser Haq gave his speech to encourage the fresh graduates.
“Commencement means starting something new and the future is here. It shouldn't wait for you. The future doesn't wait for you, and you don't wait for the future.” As always, Professor Syed Manzoorul Islam kept his students inspired by speaking in his thoughtful, humorous and motivational way.
After the speeches, Tasfiya Saba and Tanjila Fairuz from batch 192 performed to the beautiful song “Aaj Mon Cheyeche Ami Hariye Jabo” with the instrumental support from Marzuk Ahmed Khan Mojlish. After that, MA graduate, Risalat Rahman Hridoy, from batch 213, recited the poem “Life Doesn't Frighten Me” by Maya Angelou.
Eliza Chowdhury Raka, BA graduate, then shared some of her beautiful memories with the Department. Khadija Atia sang a beautiful and heartwarming song from MA batch 211, “I’ll be There for You by The Rembrandts while MA graduate Sirajum Munira Joti shared her experience afterwards. Before the final performance, Taslima Akter Mimi from batch 191 and Lamia Jashimuddin from batch 183 recited the beautiful poem, Desiderata, by Max Ehrmann,
Finally, Mustafa Zahir Sheikh from batch 192 regaled everyone with his singing of the 60s song, 60’s love by Level Five. Lastly, the Head of the Department conveyed the vote of thanks to the volunteers of 191 batch for their outstanding decoration and organization. The commencement was emceed by Tasfia Ahmed. The organization was done by 191 batch representatives Sheikh Mohammed Shihab and Sadia Mukarrama under the supervision of Mohammed Zaki Rezwan, Senior Lecturer and BA Coordinator at DEH.
Report by Sadia Mukarrama (191013002)