IIM Ahmedabad hosted the Golden Jubilee convocation for the batch of 2015 on March 21, 2015, at the famed LKP lawns. The Chief Guest for the convocation was Mr. Ajay Banga- PGP ‘81 and CEO, Mastercard.
Mr Banga spoke about his experience at IIMA and had some words of wisdom for the graduating batch. He spoke about the incredible learning opportunities he had obtained while at IIMA. “The first lesson you learn here on day one is that everyone around you is incredibly smart… You get a huge dose of humility on day one…something you probably were not used to before getting here. You quickly realize that you have something to learn from everyone around you.”
“You learn that the hardest thing is to simplify your thinking and communicate in a way that everyone around you can relate to,” he added. “It’s all about taking very complex thoughts and communicating them in the simplest possible way.”
The campus wore a festive look for the convocation ceremony. Students clapped and cheered as each of their batchmates received their coveted degrees, as the proud parents looked on. The best students of the batch, from an all-round achievement perspective, were felicitated with gold medals. A number of other awards were handed out at the convocation farewell function, such as the Outstanding Teacher Award to Prof. Saral Mukherjee, and the Outstanding Researcher Award to Prof. Anil K. Gupta.
As part of the convocation celebrations, a video retrospective of the IIMA’s journey over the last 50 years, was released on IIMA’s official Youtube channel. The video had a rare clip of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, speaking at the first convocation ceremony, as well as photos of the graduating batches over the years, some famous faces among them, whose achievements have made the institute proud.
We wish the Batch of 2015 all the best in their future endeavours, and trust that they will keep the flag of the institute flying high through all their actions in the future.
Picture courtesy Shashank