IBC celebrates its Second Convocation Ceremony on 02 August 2009

IBC celebrates its Second Convocation Ceremony on 02 August, 2009 with jubilation and honour for both academicians and graduates of IBC as they embrace their success and recognition.

The procession of academicians is led by Venerable Wei Wu, the Chairman of IBC Council; Venerable Prof. KL Dhammajoti, the Rector of IBC; Prof. Charles Willemen, Vice Rector for Research and Postgraduate Studies; Dr. Balee Buddharaksa, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs; Venerable Dr. Dhammanandi, Dean of Faculty of Liberal Arts; Prof. Tilak Kariyawasam, Dean of Graduate School; Venerable Zhen Chan, Director for Student Affairs; Venerable Zhen Yuan, Director for Administrative Affairs; and many distinguished visiting and past lecturers. Starting with the Triple Gem Eulogy followed by lighting of the Lamp, the Venerable Rector declared the Convocation Open for Conferment of Degrees.

In addition, IBC is most privileged to have the presence of Professor Emeritus Y. Karunadasa who first conceived the idea of establishing such Buddhist educational institute as IBC with the primary vision of eventually developing it to the level of an international centre of excellence for Buddhist Studies. In his Convocation address, he spoke on "the World of Buddhism: A Search for the Common Ground", highlighting the IBC trio tradition of Therav─üda, Mah─üy─üna and Vajray─üna.

Following are the Names of the Graduates who have successfully completed their Degrees and received certificates:

Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies (With Distinction)
Lee Rajana
Gan Geok Eng

Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies
Suphattra Jetsadaareewong

Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies (Second Class Honours)
Buntham Phimphon

Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies
Suthep Trongjai
Jiang Li Ping
Dechan Angmo

Post-graduate Certificate in Buddhist Studies
Chow Mee Yeh
Eng Lai Hiang
Fu Yek Meng
Hong Yew Chye
Ho Wee Ming
Khoo Teng Leong @ Khoo Seong Liang
Koh Bee Ling
Lim Chong Gnoh
Ng Soh Hwa
Ong Hong Tiang
Ooi Chooi Seng
Tan Jee Peng
Wong Ping Ling
Wong Yean Pheng
Yen Yoke Wah, Barbara

Certificate in Buddhist Studies
Teoh Chew Hooi (Shi Zhen Zhi)
Yeoh Tze How

After the conferment of M.A. Degree, BA Degree, Post-graduate Certificate in Buddhist Studies, and Certificate in Buddhist Studies, the Most Venerable Rector signed the Register of Graduates and declared the Convocation closed. Thus, another happy and historical event at IBC comes to an end.