The 18th convocation of Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) awarded degrees to 2897 students. 17 degrees of PhD, and 821 degrees of MS/MPhil, 2,045 degrees of BCom, BBA, BE, B Architecture, BSCS, BFA, Doctor of Pharmacy, and 14 degrees of MA Islamic Studies were distributed among students. 648 students of Government Graduate Samanabad College for Women, 587 students of Government Graduate Cooper Road College for Women and 424 students of Government Graduate Gulberg College were also awarded degrees. A total of 912 female students were awarded medals and various honors at the Convocation. 01 student was awarded Vice-Chancellor Gold Medal, 67 female students were awarded Academic Gold Medals, and 69 female students were awarded Silver Medals.
Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman Governor of Punjab/ Chancellor presided over the first session of the Convocation as the Chief Guest. Addressing the event, Governor Punjab Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman said that this prestigious institution of Lahore has a long history of 100 years of excellence. The radiant and confident faces of these young graduates of LCWU are demonstrating that they will soon touch the precious milestones in their lives and their success is the product of their determination and years of hard work. I am so proud of you all and want to extend my heartiest congratulations to your parents, teachers and LCWU, he added.
Governor Punjab says, ‘’As women your participation in the development of Pakistan is crucial. Your entrance into the marketplace can strongly elevate economic development and can help decrease the dependency ratio as well as increase the proportion of wage earners to dependents. Our government is committed to provide the desired social protection for women that can ensure their continual participation in the social and economic progress of the country as there can be no meaningful advancement where women are excluded. To that end, our government has engaged itself with addressing issues of gender inequalities, domestic violence, and lack of social protection that exacerbate injustice, and privation and limit women’s ability to reach their full potential’’.
Vice-Chancellor LCWU Prof Dr Bushra Mirza while addressing the 18th Convocation said that LCWU has become a member of the 15 selected partner Universities for the HESSA Project in the Year 2022. HESSA is a USAID-funded initiative led by the University of Utah, the University of Alabama, and the Institute of International Education (IIE). Various faculty and staff members of LCWU have attended training in Islamabad and USA under this project. Moreover, LCWU is a proud member of the CPEC Consortium of Universities, an initiative of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan and the China Association of Higher Education (CAHE), she added.
Shaista Sohail Executive Director of the HEC was the chief guest of the second session. The ceremony also featured the special alumni awards to Prof Khalida Samar Mubarakmand, Bushra Aitzaz, Prof Irfana Maryam, Prof Qaisra Khan, Prof Dr Frahat Saleemi, Prof Dr Kausar Jamal Cheema, Zamurd Safdar, Firasat Arslan, Rafia shah and Mobina Ali and many others.
LCWU syndicate members, vice-chancellors of other universities, Lahore College alumni, deans, directors, heads of departments and faculty members along with Students also attended the Convocation.