Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) just graduated thousands of its students in a graduation ceremony on Wednesday and Thursday (11-12/9) in the UMY Sportorium building. In this occasion, the Rector of UMY Dr Ir. Gunawan Budiyanto, M.P implored the graduates to access information whenever and wherever they can. In addition, UMY graduates are expected to balance religious and general knowledge, and implement them in their lives and their work.
“Geographically, we are separated in different regions in the world. However, in the international stage, there are no boundaries. The Internet is a globalization engine that is quickly making geographical borders obsolete. Because of that, we must be able to use them wisely,” stated Gunawan in his speech in front of the graduates.
In the ceremony, UMY passed 1485 students with bachelor’s degree (S1), 48 students with a master’s degree (S2), 15 students with doctorates (S3), and 21 students with diplomas (D3). The best graduates are Indra Saputra from International Relations Studies for S1 with a 4.00 GPA and Subhannur Rahman from Graduate Nursing Studies for S2 with a 3.98 GPA. Meanwhile, Electrical Engineering’s Akbar Kurbana is the fastest graduate with a study time of 3 years 7 months and 14 days, and Safira Novia Brillianti from Medical Studies is the youngest graduate, being 19 years 6 months and 19 days old at the time of graduation.
Gunawan also stated that UMY has balanced the material given to the students between sciences/technological knowledge and religious knowledge. This is done to strengthen the graduates’ character when facing new challenges that come with the era and have the necessary skills to be offered to the public.
“Scientific and technological development must be based on Islamic values. I implore all graduates to not separate technological knowledge and Islamic values, wherever and whenever you serve or use your knowledge. You should stay true to the knowledge you have learned,” he added.
At the end of his speech, Gunawan stated that UMY is a campus open for anyone who has the drive to learn. “This campus will always accept students from any nation, race, and religion. This is our commitment to become a campus that can compete in the international stage,” he stated. (ak)