Professional Graduate Programs 2022 Commencement Ceremony Held

The Professional Graduate Programs 2022 Commencement Ceremony was held on our Tuzla Campus. Sabancı University President Prof. Dr. Yusuf Leblebici, Yemeksepeti CEO Mert Baki, as well as faculty members and relatives of students, attended the ceremony in which 206 students graduating from the Graduate School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, and Sabancı Graduate Business School were present.



Sabancı University President Yusuf Leblebici addressed the graduates in his speech at the ceremony and said,“Today, we are graduating 206 students from 8 different professional graduate programs. As Sabancı University, we believe that higher education plays an important role not only in the development of an individual, but also in the development of society, economy, the business world and the environment. This vision lies behind the increase in our research projects and investments in this field every year. As Sabancı University, we are among the universities in Turkey that allocate the greatest budgets to research and development. Today, we are one of the three foundation universities that officially received the title of Research University”.

Stating that they attach great importance to university-industry collaborations, Yusuf Leblebici continued as follows: “As part of the contribution we provide to the society and the business world, we attach great importance to the professional graduate programs that you graduate from today. Our experience-oriented, innovative programs, featuring the most up-to-date information, prepare you for the business world of the future. Each of these programs has a very special place in their field. The professional graduate programs we offer not only in the field of management, but also in various fields ranging from cyber security to energy technologies, from data analytics to finance, provide an important development opportunity for all professionals. At the same time, these programs fulfill an important task in terms of responding to the competency needs of the business world”.

Yusuf Leblebici stated that as Sabancı University, they are among the top universities from Turkey participating in the world university rankings, and concluded as follows: “Sabancı University Executive Development Unit, EDU, has achieved great success with its special training for executives and ranked 42nd in the 2022 world rankings in terms of custom programs as organized by the Financial Times. In addition, we have recently ranked among the top 500 universities in the world in Times Higher Education (THE) 2023 World University Rankings. Undoubtedly, the biggest source of our success is you, our esteemed students. We are preferred by the best students of Turkey in undergraduate education as in graduate programs. According to the results of this year's Higher Education Institutions Exam, the number of students we received from the Top 1000 was 140. We have become the university with the highest score in Turkey in terms of admission to faculties”.

The guest speaker of the ceremony, Yemeksepeti CEO Mert Baki, drew attention to the achievements of Sabancı University and said:

“Since its establishment, Sabancı University has been a pioneer, innovative and different in many aspects for our country and our people. It has managed to become an exemplary university not only in Turkey but also in the world, with its freedom to choose a program, its strong sensitivity to the wishes of all stakeholders and students and the society it is in, and of course its philosophy of "creating and developing together". I am confident that our university, which has the experience and potential to raise successful generations of the future, will add new achievements to the existing ones in the coming years”.


Giving advice to the graduates by saying, "You are now stepping into a new chapter of your life," Baki continued: “You should never stop wondering and asking questions. Life gives us many options in our professional or private lives. But in any case, you may have to make a choice and move on. Life is full of elective courses that sometimes give you the options you don't like, and sometimes exams that ask you questions from the chapters you haven't studied. Don't try to be the best at everything. Do what you do best, and for everything else, surround yourself with people who are better than you, who can help you. Always be in touch with technology. You will see the benefits of using technology well at every stage of life.

“There is no one right way in life. Please don't be obsessed with making the right decision. Everyone's path is different; don't compare yourself to others. Being at peace with yourself, developing self-esteem and self-confidence, I think, are the keys to a successful and good life. Try to be inspired by failure stories as well as success stories. Finally, be the hero of your own story, draw your own path. Have a roadmap, but be ready to deviate from it at any moment, and remember that every deviation is a stop on this journey where we collect precious memories and makes us who we are”.

The Sabancı University Professional Graduate Programs 2022 Commencement Ceremony ended after graduates were awarded their diplomas.