Ceremonial Graduation 2019 – Message from the Vice-Chancellor
I extend my warmest congratulations to the 2019 graduates of the University of Colombo, along with your proud parents and teachers. Today we celebrate your achievement of a major milestone. Your commitment to forge ahead, in the midst of challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, is highly commendable. We are indeed very proud of your achievements. You have now stepped into the real world, where darkness can be dispelled through you, as the torch-bearers of the light generated by your Alma Mater – for over a century.
Our mission is to ensure that the graduates of the University of Colombo become socially conscious professionals who are valuable assets for our country’s development. Every one of you is a much-valued asset produced through public investment.
We applaud you for your resilience in forging ahead despite the multiple socio-economic fissures created by the ongoing pandemic. May you be able to achieve all your dreams with resilience, courage and determination. I am certain that you have the required attributes and strength to forge ahead in your chosen fields with honesty and integrity, address the needs of vulnerable groups in our communities with compassion, and be role models in our society.
May you grow from strength to strength and make your Faculty, University and country proud in the decades ahead.
Professor Chandrika N Wijeyaratne
University of Colombo