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Azim Premji University held its third convocation ceremony on September 5, 2015 at Jnana Jyothi Auditorium in Bengaluru. Azim Premji, Chancellor of the University conferred degrees on the third batch of 220 students from the M.A. Education and M.A. Development programmes. The students, who were conferred with the degrees today, are already working with various social sector organizations across the country, having completed the program in May 2015.

The programme started with a welcome address and sharing of the University Report by Anurag Behar, Vice Chancellor, followed by a short musical performance by the Classes of 2014-16 and 2015-17. Before awarding of the degrees, Azim Premji addressed the gathering. In his address he expressed pleasure at the strides the University had taken in these few years and acknowledged that this was possible due to the highly capable team which shares a deep commitment to the social purpose of the University. He also thanked the supportive partners including state governments like that of Karnataka, social sector organizations across the country and many individuals who had joined hands with the University in its journey.

He shared with the graduating students five important lessons which he had learnt in the “University of Life”:

1) Remember, there is always the larger purpose of contributing to the society - The commitment to this cause is what will provide you the direction to do what is right.

He added that the students of this University are special as they have already chosen this path. So all they have to do now is to stay with it, and stick to it in difficult times!

2) Dream, Work hard and be Self-confident - Vision without action is hallucination. Go ahead, dream and think of the kind of society you want for our country but be prepared to slog to convert your dreams into reality. Ideas are great and could be the seeds of new things and new inventions. But ideas are not enough. Ultimately, we have to roll up our sleeves and get down to applying these ideas. The key to success is execution.

3) Learn to listen - Listen to people who make you uncomfortable very carefully because these are the people who will also give you new perspectives and ideas that you may not have thought of. After all, it is disagreement and debate that surfaces solutions.

4) The importance of humility - Remember that anything may happen at any time to take away your pride, but no one can take away your humility.

5) Integrity is at the core of everything -Integrity is the beacon that guides us and the energy that gives us courage. We must not compromise on it under any circumstances. Integrity is also delivering on your commitments to everyone. The highest form of integrity is the commitment you make to yourself.

He concluded his address by congratulating the graduating students and expressing confidence that they would make a real difference to our country in their own way. The formal ceremony ended with the singing of the national anthem.

Press reports on the convocation ceremony: Deccan Herald, The Hindu, News Today, Prajavani, Business Standard, The Economic Times, The Financial Express,