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Mahidol University Celebrates the "60th Anniversary of the First Graduation Ceremony in the Reign of the present King"

   

 

          On 1 April 2010 at 1.00 p.m., Clin. Prof. Dr. Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, President and Clin. Prof. Dr. Teerawat Kulthanan, Dean, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, held a press conference and opened special activities in celebration of the “60th anniversary of the first graduation ceremony in the reign of the present King”, on the 1st floor of the 100th Year Somdech Phra Srinagarindra Building, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital.

          On 3 April 1950, HM King Bhumibol graciously bestowed degree and diploma certificates for the first time in HM’s reign. On that day, 200 graduates and diploma recipients of the University of Medical Sciences in the fields of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Public Health, Veterinary Science and Nursing – Midwifery and Health, were bestowed degree and diploma certificates. This 3 April 2010 will mark the 60th anniversary of the historic event. As HM King Bhumipol graciously renamed the University of Medical Sciences in 1969 after his Royal Father, H.R.H. Prince Mahidol of Songkla, who is also regarded as the ‘Father of Modern Medicine and Public Health in Thailand’, Mahidol University is considered the first university whose graduation ceremony was presided over by HM the King.

          A graduation ceremony was held for the first time in Thailand in the reign of King Rama VII on 25 October 1930. On this occasion, HM the King graciously bestowed degree certificates to graduates of Chulalongkorn University and since then, the tradition of holding graduation ceremonies has continued in Thailand.

 

          For over 5 decades, H.M. King Bhumibol had graciously presided over the graduation ceremonies of all public universities in Thailand despite his tremendous workload. Once suggested to only bestow degree certificates to graduates at postgraduate level for the sake of his health, HM the King, with a merciful consideration to enhance the spirit of the new graduates, kindly responded that he only spent 6-7 seconds handing over degree certificates to each graduate, while their joy and sense of accomplishment on that day would continue for years. In addition, some students may not have an opportunity or the necessary funds to support postgraduate education. With such merciful consideration, HM the King has committed to “bestowing degree certificates to graduates at the undergraduate level for as long as his energy allows.” We are grateful for HM Bhumibol’s generosity and his gracious contributions to higher education.

          Since 2000, HRH Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, HRH Princess Sirindhorn, HRH Princess Chulabhorn and Princess Somsawali have represented him in the annual graduation ceremonies of public universities in the country.

          To express utmost gratitude for HM’s contributions to higher education, Mahidol University has organized activities in celebration of the “60th anniversary of the first graduation ceremony in the reign of the present King”. The activities include an exhibition and discussion forum on 1 April 2010 entitled “In Remembrance of the first group of graduates being bestowed degree certificates by HM the King”. The speakers who came to join a panel discussion were the graduates on that memorable day (3 April, 1950). The exhibition will be open to the public until 15 April 2010 at the 100th Year Somdech Phra Srinagarindra Building, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University. More Information

 

Post Date : April 12, 2010

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