The convocation ceremony for the 2015-2017 PGDM batch was held on 25th August 2017, with much pomp and splendor at the Lodhi Road Campus in Delhi. Amidst the scenic beauty and serenity, the batch reconnected with each other and came together to celebrate the collective sense of accomplishments. As a new faculty, it was initially difficult for me to connect to the students who are getting graduated as one may not know them. however, I was assigned the duty at the registration desk along with another amazing newly joined and this helped us to know each and every student on the LR campus, to say ‘Hi” to and yes register of course. what a great way to connect!! The last day on campus. no tension to attend classes or to appear for the exam. the joy simply reflected in wearing beautiful n smart dresses and looking extraordinary. the hug and selfies. And much more. The atmosphere was one of celebration inter mingled by some firm disciplinary yet ‘sweet’ scoldings from the faculty and staff with whom they have spent some good as well as ‘challenging’ times!
It was a time to reminisce and look back at the two gruelling, adventurous, and life-changing years spent together. The students received their ceremonial robes and graduation caps and proceeded for the formal function. The convocation marked the end of their journey as students, and marked the beginning of their climb up the corporate ladder. The guest lecture by the Chief guest, Mr. Bharat Kaushal, helped the students to value the education they received in past 2 years. within and without the classrooms!
The rains were an unexpected guest but it could not dampen the spirit of the attendees. the guests, parents, and faculty had a hearty chit chat and the atmosphere was nothing less than that of a celebration! I saw the whole Rai family, watching like a warm parent, the students whom they nurtured… with joy, pride and best wishes for their great future! The highlight of any convocation is the tossing of the hats in the air and so it was with IILM with faculty running to save themselves from the flying hats! All in all, it was a day of joy, celebration, promises to stay connected and do well for oneself, others and yes carrying the honor and pride of being an IILM alumni.