Mangaluru: The Seventeenth Graduation Ceremony of St Joseph Engineering College (SJEC), Mangaluru, was held on Jan 13, 2023, in the Open-Air Stage of the college.
The ceremony witnessed the institution awarding Graduation Certificates to the Class of 2022, comprising 492 Undergraduates (BE) and 176 Postgraduates (MBA, MCA and PhD).
Dr Gopalkrishna, Executive Director, Karnataka State Higher Education Council, graced the occasion as Chief Guest and presented the degree certificates to the graduands. Ajay Nath, Senior Deputy Director, Chennai Port, was the Guest of Honour on the occasion. Most Rev. Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, Bishop of Mangalore and President of SJEC, presided over the ceremony.
Rev. Fr Wilfred Prakash D’Souza, Director of SJEC, welcomed the graduands from the Class of 2022 and dignitaries to the Graduation Ceremony. Dr Rio D’Souza, Principal of SJEC introduced the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour.
Ajay Nath spoke about his own experiences and recalled his days as a student. He called upon the students to be flexible and ready to face challenges. He went on to say that life is all about connecting dots from the front but to look behind, trust in God and have faith that the dots will connect. He insisted on being connected to the Alma mater.
Dr Gopalkrishna, in his address, mentioned that the institution is a place to redefine the purpose of teaching and learning. He spoke about the changes that were witnessed due to technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Neural Network based systems, dominating humans. It is our ability to use technology that makes us advanced. He highlighted the importance of becoming a lifelong learner, setting goals and pursuing interests, practising critical thinking, embracing failure and finally seeking mentorship and guidance to be successful in life.
Dr Rio D’Souza administered the graduation oath. Graduands Vinutha of the Dept of Computer Applications, and Ovin of the Department of Civil Engineering, from the Class of 2022 delivered Valedictorian Addresses.
Scholastic achievers and Sports achievers were recognized and awarded by Most Rev. Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, Bishop of Mangalore and President of SJEC.
Delivering the Presidential Address, Most Rev. Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, Bishop of Mangalore and President of SJEC. said that don’t be afraid of failure but fear the chance you missed, as you have completed one challenge and there are more to come. He also spoke about developing a skill wherever you are, the soft skills of building a relationship and being innovative, which is the soul of all education.
Rev. Fr Alwyn Richard D’Souza, Assistant Director of SJEC, Dr Purushothama Chippar, Vice Principal, SJEC, Rakesh Lobo, HR Manager of SJEC and Manjunath B, Co-convenor of the event were also present on this occasion.
Renuka Tantry, Convener of the program offered the vote of thanks. Himani and Rohith compered the program.
SJEC wishes the Graduates from the Class of 2022 all success in their future endeavours.