Soumo Pakrashi, from the physiology department, was no. 240 among 340 students at the first convocation of Presidency University on Thursday
I can’t get over the fact that I just witnessed another chapter of Presidency’s history. It was an inexplicable feeling.
We reached for registration around 7.30am and were handed out our black robes and a timeline for the ceremony. The excitement while we donned our robes was palpable with a lot students posing for the cameras in their convocation outfit.
Each department had a designated block in the Derozio Hall where the ceremony was being held and each of the students was given a scroll number — mine was 240 — according to which we had to sit. The sight of all the students in a sea of black was quite overwhelming.
Once the ceremony began with the chancellor, governor M.K. Narayanan, declaring the convocation open, it all ran very smoothly. Our vice-chancellor proposed the degrees and the chancellor granted them. Of all the speeches, Sam Pitroda’s stood out because he spoke of making education inclusive for all.
Putting feelings in words is very difficult and the closest I can come is by sharing a moment from the convocation. Just after it was over, all the students poured onto the field and released colourful balloons into the air. Ah, that soaring feeling!