Undergraduate Graduates Threw Their Caps
Jul 09, 2015

Our University’s 2014-2015 Academic Year Graduation Ceremony was held on Wednesday, July the 8th at İTÜ Stadium. Academics, graduates and families shared the graduation joy of İTÜ students. İTÜ has the pride of graduating 2,487 undergraduate students this semester from its 57 departments.

Ata Demirer surprise for the graduates

The magnificent ceremony held at İTÜ Stadium started with a moment of silence and the National Anthem. At the ceremony, a movie, which was prepared as a surprise for the graduates, was screened at first. The graduation movie, which Ata Demirer dubbed with the voice of the character “Niyazi Gül” was viewed with appreciation. The video based on the bee which is in İTÜ’s emblem, had those who filled the stadium rolling in the aisles with its well-thought-of jokes on the similarity between the innate engineering disposition of bees and engineers from İTÜ. Ata Demirer, who won İTÜ Turkish Music State Conservatory’s Department of Turkish Music at 1991 addressed the young graduates at the end of the movie as follows: “This is Ata Demirer … I am a brother of yours whose course passed from İTÜ and maybe received the greatest contribution in finding his way from İTÜ. I tell you as a big brother, as a little brother... You are graduating from a unique university. I congratulate you heartily. When you start in life tomorrow, you may have colleagues, bosses, employees who are İTÜ graduates. Maybe you even met your future spouse, your better half here. Maybe years and years later you will send your children to İTÜ, who knows … At the end of the day, when you look back at your career, your life and the friendships you made, believe that what you will always see as the source of good and beautiful things is: ‘Belonging to İTÜ’

The world’s fastest violin virtuoso on stage

İTÜ TMSC Composition Department student Muhammed Yıldırır played for İTÜ members the famous composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s interlude titled Flight of the Bumblebee, the playing of which requires great mastery and is the most difficult. Muhammed Yıldırır, broke a world record in his performance on 15 June by playing “Flight of the Bumblebee” in 37 seconds. Yıldırır’s performance at the ceremony received a standing ovation from İTÜ members.

Rector Prof. Mehmet Karaca: “Goodbye and good luck”

Rector Prof. Mehmet Karaca congratulated the young violin virtuoso Muhammed Yıldırır for his success and performance and addressed the graduates as follows: “We are so proud of you. I would like to congratulate all your families. Belonging to İTÜ is a privilege. The Technical University earned you a formation. You probably do not remember the courses you took but you will remember that you belong to İTÜ. We are proud of all our youths; goodbye and good luck…”

Caps went up in the air

Computer Engineering Department student David Teksen Aksun, who graduated with the highest grade point average this year, made a speech on behalf of İTÜ students. Then, İTÜ Civil Engineering graduate Doğuş Construction Company Executive Board Chair Burak Talu addressed the graduates. Afterwards, the faculties were announced in order of foundation date. Dean of faculty and department chair, respectively, were invited on the stage together with students. Memorial photographs were taken. In the presentation of the departments that witnessed colorful scenes, students had both pride and joy. The ceremony ended with the students’ taking the Oath of Graduation read by Vice-Rector Prof. Ali Fuat Aydın and throwing their caps in the air with enthusiasm.

Major support from İTÜ graduates

İTÜ graduates Doğuş Construction Board of Directors Chair Gönül Talu, Doğuş Construction Company Executive Board Chair Burak Talu, Yenigün Construction Board of Directors Chair Mithat Yenigün, İGA İstanbul New Airport CEO Yusuf Akçayoğlu, İGA İstanbul New Airport Director of Environment & Sustainability Ülkü Özeren and İGA İstanbul New Airport Advisor to CEO İrfan Gündüz contributed to the ceremony organized by İTÜ Rector’s Office.

We wish our graduates a happy and successful future.

Click for the photographs from the graduation ceremony.