Sri Lanka’s premier higher education institute, SLIIT, held its 21st annual Convocation Ceremony at SLIIT Campus Malabe, honouring the achievements of more than 370 new graduates.
The Chief Guest for the 1stSession was David McKinnon, High Commissioner of Canada to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Associate Professor Chris Rawson, Dean of Teaching and Learning, Curtin University, Australia joined him as the Guest of Honour.
In his convocation address, David McKinnon said, “I am extremely impressed to see the diversity of the class here today. It would not have always been an easy journey, but you walk out of here head held high with a valuable qualification in your hand and your future does begin today. With the reputation and high standards held by SLIIT, the knowledge and skills you have will serve you well in the rapidly changing world. You are empowered to bring positive change not just professionally, but to create a modern, out word-looking Sri Lanka and better world for all of us to live in.”
He added, “SLIIT produces graduates ready for the modern world and addressing some of the gaps in the education system. Education is a lifelong endeavour, only through continuous education that we can add to the vast knowledge of humanity. Your experience at SLIIT is an experience many would not have, and I hope you use that to inspire, create and make positive change.”
Gracing the 2nd Session of the convocation ceremony as the Chief Guest was Dr. Ravi Liyanage, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Kingdom of Raigam.
Offering words of wisdom to the new graduates he stressed, “The need for great entrepreneurs has become an utmost requirement unlike ever before. Turbulence faced by graduates is much more than before. Sri Lanka faces lack of emerging entrepreneurship. As young graduates today who would be the future lifeblood of the country, you have the fullest responsibility to turn this imbalance favourable to us, finding solutions to challenging problems, become job makers instead of job seekers.”
“Today marks a significant juncture in your education journey. However, this is the beginning of another longer and more demanding and challenging but nevertheless the brightest chapter of your life. To be successful in future, you have to open your eyes to the world. Do what you love and also what the country loves. The country loves job makers and not job seekers, like never before, therefore please take initiatives to produce them among you,” he concluded.
From the 376 new graduates, the following outstanding individuals received awards for best performance; a gold medal for academic excellence and cash prizes.
Best Performance in Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Information Technology specialising in Cyber Security, Faculty of Computing – Mohamed Murthaja Mohamed Mifraz
Best Performance in Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Information Technology specialising in Information Technology, Faculty of Computing – Achini Chaya Wijesundara
SLIIT Gold Medal for Academic Excellence in Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Information Technology, Faculty of Computing -Mohamed Murthaja Mohamed Mifraz
Best Performance in Master of Science Degree in Information Management, Faculty of Computing – Jayasekara Mudalige Don Lahiru Shanaka JayasekaraBest Performance in Master of Science Degree in Information Technology, Faculty of Computing – Jayawickrama Arachchige Dinuwan Thamara Jayawickrama
Best Performance in Master of Science Degree in Information Technology specialising in Cyber Security, Faculty of Computing – Liyanapathiranage Mihiri Chethana Liyanapathirana
Best Performance in Bachelor of Business Administration Special Honours Degree specialising in Accounting and Finance, Faculty of Business – Banu Hasinika Nanayakkara
Best Performance in Bachelor of Business Administration Special Honours Degree specialising in Marketing Management, Faculty of Business – Nalini Supunika Weerasinghe
Best Performance in Bachelor of Business Administration Special Honours Degree specialising in Management Information Systems, Faculty of Business – Ruksha Ayeshmanthi De Silva
Best Overall Performance in the Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology, Faculty of Computing – Arani Yohendran
Best Performance in the Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering, University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom – Nanayakkarawasam Wakwella Gamage Tharuka Malinthi Nanayakkara Award of the Best Performance in the Bachelor of Science Honours Degree Examination in Quantity Surveying, Liverpool John Moores University, sponsored by Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom – Ambeygoda Liyanage Kalana Sachithra Abeyrathna