Our Postgraduate Alumni Say “Hello” to Academic World
Jun 28, 2016


The graduation ceremonies of 2015-2016 Academic Year Doctorate Proficiency in Art Degree and 2015-2016 Master’s Degree alumni were held on the same day both being exciting in two different ways. During both ceremonies held on 21 June, 2016 at ITU Central Gymnasium we witnessed happiness of our postgraduate students and listened carefully to our former alumni who had already proven themselves with their successful careers. This year our university witnessed 181 doctorate degree students and 995 master’s degree students receiving their diplomas, which is a great source of pride for us.

Turning Point in Academic Career: Doctorate Proficiency in Art Degree Graduation Ceremony

Doctorate Proficiency in Art Degree Graduation Ceremony started with the speech of our Rector Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca. Starting his speech with an anecdote Karaca specified that one of the most important points is to ask proper questions and adapt to the variable answers in our ever-chaninging world. Addressing the alumni as “my colleagues”, our Rector remarked that doctorate graduation means moving up the social ladder in academic scence and completing a doctorate degree is the starting point in one’s academic career. The Rector congratulated this year’s alumni and thanked the families and teachers who raised them.

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Murat Kansu, 1987 year graduate of our Computer Engineering Department now working as a General Manager of Microsoft, was one of the speakers at the ceremony sharing the working life experience he gained after graduation from the university with our alumni. Indicating that the time he spent at ITU played the most significant role in his career success, Kansu emphasized that a great number of our graduates made their contribution to the development of Turkey in various fields. Our graduate Murat Kansu also highlighted that ITU contributes to the development of engineering in our country and is a school of intelligence, analytics and excellence.

Dissertations Ligthing the Way in Science Received their Awards


Best Dissertation Awards, granted every year by our university to encourage the scientific research of our productive academicians, found their owners at 2015-2016 Doctorate Proficiency in Art Degree Graduation Ceremony. PhD. Hale Özgün, PhD. Tolga Y. Özüdoğru, PhD. Esra Çetin, Dr. Gökhan Bilir, PhD. Sadiye Velioğlu, PhD. Ramazan Yeniçeri, PhD. Kerem Halıcıoğlu, PhD. Feride Şener Yılmaz, PhD. Saeid Karamzadeh, PhD. Murat Aydın, PhD. Hakkı Baltacı and PhD. Evrim Hikmet Öğüt, who contributed to the literature in their field and as we believe will lead the way in science with their academic research, received the Best Dissertation awards.

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ITU University of all “the First” and “the Best”

Prof. Dr. Şebnem Burnaz, Director of the Institute of Social Sciences, who spoke on behalf of institute directors at the ceremony, emphasized that being a graduate of ITU, the university of all “the first and best”, is a privilege one can feel at any moment of his life, ITU spirit extends far beyond the notions of place and time and is a uniting force. The doctorate graduation ceremony finished with the most exciting tradition of throwing caps in the air.

Taking their First Steps in Science: Masters Graduation Ceremony

Our Rector Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca while delivering his opening speech at the Masters Degreee Graduation Ceremony noted that knowledge is the strongest power of the modern world and the road to progress and development of society goes through the production of knowledge. By adding that our postgraduate alumni will contribute to the economic and technological development of our country by finding a new way in science, Karaca indicated the importance of the future academic research in the scope of “the third generation university” stage reached by the modern postgraduate education which is represented in Turkey by ITU.

Dârâ Kırmızıtoprak, 1982 year gradute of the Faculty of Architecture, who was invited to the ceremony as a speaker, shared her successful career experience with the postgraduate alumni. Kırmızıtoprak emphasized the role our university’s education plays in shaping an equipped in many respects individual and wished success to our postgraduate alumni.

Prof. Dr. Altuğ Şişman, Director of the Institute of Energy speaking on behalf of all institutes’directors at the ceremony stated that ITU Family always supports postgraduate alumni of the Technical University and regards them as its part. Sefa Şahin from İTÜ Eurasia Geology Institute talked on behalf of MS graduates.

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After all the speeches were made the alumni took an “Alumni Oath” under the leadership of our Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Ali Fuat Aydın and received their diplomas. The most exciting moment of the ceremony was traditional throwing of caps in the air ritual.

We congratulate our masters and doctorare degree alumni on successful completion of their postgraduate studies and share the pride of their families and teachers who helped them to suceed and supported them on their difficult way.