Caps in the air at ITU!
Jul 10, 2017

With its 244-year-old history, our university, which has signed many firsts in Turkey, is proud to graduate 3 thousand students.


Our university's 2016-2017 Academic Year Graduation Ceremony was held in a magnificent ceremony on Friday, July 7 at ITU Stadium. Our academics and the graduates’ families were also invited to share in the happiness of this important and emotionally charged day. At the ceremony where 3 thousand students were sent off to the future, a film was shown presenting the achievements of our students who have won awards in every competition this year in sports, and science as well as snapshots of school memories.


Our Rector, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca: ITU members undertake important tasks in the building of Turkey

Our Rector, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca started his speech by congratulating the students. Prof. Dr. Karaca said "As Turkey's first technical university, we have a well-established mindset. Throughout our 244-year history, we continue to cultivate and train the best engineers, architects, designers, business people, artists, and scientists. ITU members undertake important tasks in the building of Turkey. And we will continue to do so. I wish you success in the next chapter of your lives.”


Erol Bilecik: “The ITU Network will be your greatest security for life”

Erol Bilecik, Chairman of TÜSİAD, our 1987 Department of Computer Engineering graduate spoke on behalf of the graduates. He stated “Of course your ITU diploma will provide important advantages for you in your professional life. But it is ITU's over 100,000 alumni network that will be one of the greatest securities in your business life."


Two students shared the highest ranking

Two students shared top honours with an average grade of 3.96 out of 4.00. Utku Emre Ali from the Electronics and Communication Engineering Department and Tayfun Saman from the Architecture Department shared the happiness of finishing school with the highest ranking. Tayfun Sağlam, stated that as part of the ITU family, he considered it a duty to make ITU one of the most respected institutions in the world. Utku Emre Ali thanked individually thanked everyone who contributed to his success.


The Economics Department graduated its first students

One of the ITU Economics Department’s first graduates, Yusuf Öğdük, explained that he made a conscious decision to attend here expressing his feelings with “I can easily say that we have started ahead 1-0 ahead in the business world thanks to knowledge gained at ITU. As the first graduates of the Economics Department, we will also attain achievements in the business world."


The students who received their graduation diplomas waved to their parents who filled the stands. 244 student volunteers participated in the graduation ceremony of ITU, which has a history of 244 years. Following the Graduate’s Oath, the ceremony wrapped up with the students enthusiastically throwing their caps into the air.


We wish our graduates a happy and successful future.


You can watch the long version of the video below.

You can watch the entire ceremony below.