2014 Pakistan College of Law Graduation Ceremony

Shabnam Ishaque reports on Pakistan College of Law’s 7th annual Graduation Ceremony for its University of London law students
2014 Pakistan College of Law Graduation Ceremony
The graduating class of 2012-13
The proceedings ended with all the Graduates alongside the Diploma in Law students lighting and flying colourful sky lanterns to symbolise their hopes for the future

A tremendous amount of effort and commitment is put into obtaining a qualification from the University of London. When students successfully obtain their qualifications, it is only natural to celebrate the event with friends and family, whose support provided the encouragement to achieve. The achievements of students studying for the rigorous LLB (Hons) and Diploma in Law qualifications are recognised on an annual basis in Pakistan College of Law through a Graduation Ceremony. This year’s Ceremony was even more necessary to celebrate student performance in University exams, research work and Mooting achievements.

On 1 March 2014, a lovely spring day in Lahore, Pakistan, the LLB graduating class of 2012-13 and Diploma in Law recipients were invited to a colourful Graduation Ceremony. Certificate recipients wearing yellow and purple joined with their family members to come to their College and celebrate their achievements. The Ceremony was conducted in the presence of the Law faculty along with three distinguished guests who awarded the Certificates to the students. The Chief Guest of the event was Mr. Senator S. M. Zafar, one of the main architects of the Pakistan Constitution; Guest of Honour was Mr. Justice (R) Munir A. Malik of the Supreme Court of Pakistan; and Special Guest was Ms. Oonaiza Mirza, Country Manager of the University of London International Programmes.

The Certificates were awarded to the LLB (Hons) graduates and besides their exam results, they were particularly appreciated for the research work conducted for their dissertations. Miss Zoya Rehman, in particular, was pointed out by the guests for her dissertation work in the area of laws regulating transgender rights in Pakistan, for which she received a Distinction in her University assessment. Miss Mehak Zaraq and Miss Rida Aslam Bhatti were also appreciated for their dissertation work on Juvenile Justice and Laws regulating the crime of genocide, which had gained them Merits in their Laws Dissertation. All three pieces of research work conducted by these alumni were further appreciated for soon to become legal publications.

"It was further heartening to share with the audience that all the graduates from 2012-13 were employed in a variety of professions ranging from working in private companies, law firms and academia."

There were a number of Exam Distinctions in individual subjects along with overall Merits and Credits that were awarded by the University of London examiners in 2012-13 to students studying LLB (Hons) and Diploma in Law at Pakistan College of Law. It was further heartening to share with the audience that all the graduates from 2012-13 were employed in a variety of professions ranging from working in private companies, law firms and academia, right after graduating with a University of London LLB (Hons). The students who are yet to take their University exams were also present at the Ceremony and were encouraged by the achievements of the Graduating Class of 2012-13, along with obtaining a better idea of their own prospects in the future.

The Ceremony ended with commemorative speeches from the Chief Guest, Graduating class representatives and Dean of Pakistan College of Law, Professor Humayoun Ihsan.

Families of the students included several generations that were present to witness and take pride in their children’s success. It was a delight to see a Diploma in Law recipient have her own children witness her achievement. After the Ceremony the families were served with High Tea. The proceedings ended with all the Graduates alongside the Diploma in Law students lighting and flying colourful sky lanterns to symbolise their hopes for the future.