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13th March 2022, India International Centre, Delhi.
Indian Institute of Art and Design’s (IIAD) Annual Convocation for Graduating Batches 2020 & 2021 was held at the India International Centre (IIC), Delhi on Sunday, 13th March 2022.
Ms Priyanka Chaturvedi - Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, as chief guest, graced the event with her presence. She is well known for her work in fields like Women Empowerment and Education. Dignitaries from IIAD, Dr Jitin Chadha - Director, IIAD, Professor Usha Patel - Dean Academics, IIAD along with other course leaders, Professors and Lecturers were also present at the event to encourage and motivate the students for their achievements. Professor Steven Spier - Vice Chancellor, Kingston University, Professor Mandy Ure - Dean Kingston School of Art, Damian Chapman - Head of School of Design, Kingston School of Art also addressed the convocation virtually and congratulated the students.
The event was inaugurated with the lighting of the lamp by the Chief Guest Ms. Priyanka Chaturvedi, followed by the Director and the Dean of IIAD.
The Convocation began with the congratulatory speech by Dr. Jitin Chadha, he expressed with pride that, “This day belongs to you and I am so glad we are celebrating this momentous event together”. He also emphasised the importance of empathy in life. All the hard-work and perseverance of the students, their teachers and mentors had come to fruition after a particularly challenging two years of the pandemic. IIAD was proud of their alumni.
This was followed with the welcome address by Dean Academics, Professor Usha Patel. Speaking on the occasion, she touched upon the potential response and impact of Covid-19 on higher education. Talking about the future of design she concluded her speech saying, “We need future designers who would understand long- term human centric approaches, who are sensitive and would contribute for better lives.”
Students of Fashion Design, Interior Architecture & Design and Communication Design from batches 2020 & 2021 were awarded B.A (Hons) degrees by Kingston University. Students who completed their Post Graduation in Fashion Business Management and Fashion Design in the year of 2021 were also awarded their M.A degrees.
Ms Priyanka Chaturvedi MP, Rajya Sabha, delivered the convocation address. In her captivating address she shared 10 learnings from her political career and life experiences. Ms Priyanka Chaturvedi particularly emphasised on the phrase -‘pay back to society’ and asked the students to “contribute to the society we all are living in.” She induced a ‘Go Get it’ energy into all the students who were present at the event. She also praised the students for their extraordinary work throughout their journey. Staff and students were enthralled by the motivating speech of the chief guest.
The Convocation concluded with the pledge where the new graduates promised to uphold the sanctity and dignity of their profession. Parul Gupta from Fashion Design 2020 and Shreyasree Ghosh from Communication Design 2021 also addressed the convocation sharing their journey throughout the graduating years and cherished the memories spent at IIAD.
The ceremony ended on a note of vigour and positivity as the graduating batches had the chance to intermingle with one another, with the existing students and the Faculty and relive the memories they made as students of IIAD.
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