Postgraduate Convocation 2021

Postgraduate Convocation 2021

University of Colombo conducted its Postgraduate Convocation for the year 2021 at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall on 01st and 02nd March 2023 under the patronage of the Venerable Chancellor, Sasana Keerthi Sri Buddha Sasana Shobhana Venerable Muruththettuwe Ananda Nayaka Thero, with the Vice Chancellor- Senior Professor (Chair) H.D. Karunaratne, Rector, Deans, Directors of the Institutes, Registrar, Acting Bursar, Acting Librarian, Heads of the Departments and Administrative and Finance Officers.
His Excellency Mr Gopal Bagley, the High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, Mr Yamada TETSUYA, Chief Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Sri Lanka, Professor Sirimal Abeyratne of the Department of Economics in the Faculty of Arts, Dr Anush Amarasinghe, Managing Director of BPPL Holdings PLC, Professor Kshanika Hirimburegama, Former Ambassador to the French Republic and Sri Lanka’s Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, and Professor Preethi Udagama of the Department of Zoology and Environmental Science in the Faculty of Science delivered their addresses at the ceremony.
During this ceremony, a total of 3621 degrees were conferred, including postgraduate diplomas, master’s degrees, and research degrees across seven different sessions. Additionally, nine Vice Chancellor’s Awards for Research Excellence were presented.

01st March 2023
Session I
Sri Palee Campus, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Education and NILIS
Postgraduate Diploma 112
Master’s Degree 402
Session II
Faculty of Law, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine and University of Colombo School of Computing
Postgraduate Diploma 275
Master’s Degree 248
Session III
Faculty of Management & Finance and Faculty of Science
Postgraduate Diploma 82
Master’s Degree 397
Executive Masters 10
02nd March 2023
Session I
Faculty of Graduate Studies
Postgraduate Diploma 186
Master’s Degree 312
Session II
Faculty of Graduate Studies and Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
Postgraduate Diploma 3
Master’s Degree 508
Session III
Faculty of Medicine and Institute of Human Resource Advancement
Postgraduate Diploma 52
Master’s Degree 463
Session IV
Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Science, Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, University of Colombo School of Computing and Postgraduate Institute of Medicine
Master of Philosophy 30
Doctor of Medicine 482
Doctor of Philosophy 59
Total 3621

Message from the Chancellor

I take great pleasure extending my heartiest congratulations to all the graduands on their remarkable achievement. It is the culmination of years of labour, dedication, and perseverance. You are achieving a greater height in your journey with a postgraduate degree from the oldest and the highest-ranked university in Sri Lanka.
Load Buddha says “never stop learning because life never stops teaching” our life is full of challenges however education is path of the win. An individual gets a chance of learning, one which he learns from others, and the other, which he acquires from an Educational Institute, i.e. University. Even though I have not officially graduated from a university, years of experience and hard work for the nation as a Buddhist monk has given me wisdom that one cannot achieve easily. That is the life of a Bhikku and I wish to remind you as a part of the society you, graduands, also have a duty to play a responsible role for our motherland.
As the Chancellor of the University, it is my pleasure to applaud and wish all the graduands for your great achievement. Your academic achievements have a great responsibility towards building a better tomorrow for Sri Lanka. Finally, I wish you all the best and trust you have the capacity and capability as the graduands to take this nation to greater heights.

Sasana Keerthi Sri Buddha Sasana Shobhana
Venerable Muruththettuwe Ananda Nayaka Thero
Chief Sanghanayake Western Province
Chancellor, University of Colombo

Message from the Vice Chancellor

I pen this message with immense pleasure to share my thoughts on the occasion of the Postgraduate Convocation 2021 of the University of Colombo.
Congratulations on reaching this wonderful milestone!
I extend my warmest compliments to all the awardees in achieving your degrees and higher diplomas from your esteemed study programmes. It is indeed a big day for students of the University of Colombo as every student enrolled in a university wait for the day of graduation – the day of convocation, the flagship ceremonial event of the University. This day comes after a long interval for each student but for the University, it has remained an annual event. It is on this day, the University looks back to measure its achievement, while this day marks the beginning of a new journey for the students. The University feels proud witnessing the smiling faces of its graduates coming out with ceremonial gowns and being graduated on this momentous occasion. I am sure your learning experience has been the most fulfilling and satisfying. Without a doubt, it is an honour to receive a globally recognised degree from the number 1 university in Sri Lanka. I am proud and thankful of the untiring efforts and the continuing support and the commitment of our highly qualified staff in producing globally acceptable graduates and good citizens.
Graduation should never mean goodbye. As an alumnus, I sincerely hope you will remain connected in some way to the university. As it will always be a place of interaction among extraordinary and diverse people.
I wish you every success. The world needs progressive, responsible and compassionate graduates like you. And I am certain you will continue to make us proud.
I wish you a great future ahead.

Senior Professor (Chair) H.D. Karunaratne
Vice Chancellor, University of Colombo


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