Universitas Muhammadiyah Palangkaraya (UMPR) held its commencement ceremony on Saturday (04/06). The offline graduation becomes the 30th period for the Bachelor program, the 7th period for the Postgraduates program, and the 20th for the Diploma program. The Rector of UMPR, Dr. Sonedi MPd, delivered his congratulatory messages by mentioning that UMPR conferred 268 students from six faculties. It was divided into several programs: 16 students from the Diploma program; 179 students from the Bachelor’s program; and 73 students from the Master’s program. “Congratulations to all graduates that currently become alumni,” he said. Not only did he recognize the process of completing the degree, but also prompted to maintain a good relationship with academic civitas in UMPR.
The Chairman of Muhammadiyah Council for Higher Education, Research, and Development (CHERD), Prof H Lincolin Arsyad MSc Ph.D. also attended the ceremony. He prompted, first, all graduates to implement the knowledge positively; second, university boards to improve collective achievements in rapid development. Prof Lincolin also encouraged all UMPR lecturers to continue their higher degrees in Doctoral. “The number of Doctoral lecturers in UMPR is 29. In the future, I expect that the number will increase by more than half of the lecture’s quantity,” said the Chairman of CHERD.
Furthermore, the commencement ceremony was also attended by the Gunung Mas regent, Jaya Samaya Monong SE MSi. He appreciated the role of UMPR in educating the young generation for regional development. “The graduates should have a mature plan by mapping the local conditions. So you can contribute to regional development,” he said. The Head of Higher Education Service Institution (LLDikti) Regional XI, Kalimantan, Dr. Drs Muhammad Akbar MSi, also delivered his congratulatory message to all graduates.