Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) held another graduation for the 2018/2019 Academic Year Vocational, Graduate and Postgraduate Program Period I on Saturday (10/20) at the UMY Sportorium Building. The graduation was divided into 2 sessions, the first held in the morning at 7 a.m. and the second in the afternoon at 12 o’clock. The first session was held for the-soon-graduates of Faculty of Economics and Business, Faculty of Islamic Religion, Postgraduate, Faculty of Law and Faculty of Engineering, while the second session was for Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Politics, Faculty of Language Education, Faculty of Agriculture, and Vocational Education. Therefore, English Language Education Department students participated in the second session in the afternoon.

In the graduation ceremony, which was held in UMY Sportorium Building, 1687 students were announced to be graduated in the batch. The number of graduates of the first period from the English Language Education Department study program was 45 students and 8 of them were titled as cum laude. The title of best graduate degree was achieved by Bella Mulia Grandyna. She hoped that PBI graduates must be sincere and honest workers. “I hope for friends who have graduated, including me, whatever profession is chosen later, whatever profession is undertaken, we can all work sincerely and honestly,” she said.

There were different things from this graduation from the previous UMY graduation where graduates were given a gift in the form of Al-Quran. The aim of giving Al-Quran to all graduates was to remind them that if they want to succeed, they need to hold Al-Quran in the right hand and Diploma in left hand. In his speech, UMY Rector, Dr. Ir Gunawan Budiyanto, M. P. in his speech, shared and hoped that all graduates would always draw closer to Allah SWT. “This graduation was different from the common one, where graduates were given mementos in the form of identical objects with UMY, but this time they were given the Qur’an. This Quran hopefully will be their guide to navigate their future, ” he said.