As many as 686 graduating students of Kinnaird College for Women University received degrees as the university marked its 82nd convocation on Thursday. Punjab Governor Chaudhary Sarwar was the chief guest at the 82nd Kinnaird College Convocation.

Board of Governors Chairman Rt Rev Dr Alexander John Malik, Bishop Emeritus of Lahore and chairman of the Board, and the Association of Kinnaird College, members of the board along with faculty and parents of the graduating batch attended the colourful event.

Degrees were awarded to 493 undergraduate students, 19 master’s students and 174 MPhil students. Thirteen gold medals were also awarded for academic achievement.

Kinnaird College for Women Principal Dr Rukhsana David acknowledged the outgoing graduates for their outstanding results. She said in keeping with the millennium goal of Gender Equality and Women Empowerment, Kinnaird continued its endeavours to raise standards, upgrade its programmes to international level and uphold its traditions. “I am proud to share that Kinnaird graduates are readily accepted in the job market and are a credit to their alma mater,” Dr David said.

“Established in 1913, Kinnaird was one of the first colleges for women of Punjab,” she said, adding that its prime objective was to educate women and empower them to take on leadership roles. For the last 106 years, the college had been producing qualified and empowered women who contributed to the growth of the nation.

Addressing the ceremony, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar said women today were attaining success in every field of life. “In fact they are working perfectly in their respective fields,” he added.

The governor congratulated the graduating students and wished them success in life ahead. He also announced a reward of Rs 100,000 for a student who won three gold medals.

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