Graduates pledge to serve the country in their academic fields

Grand graduation ceremony unites 2,500 students from 44 Iraqi universities in Karbala

KARBALA, November 18 — The Al-Abbas Holy Shrine in Karbala hosted a mass graduation ceremony, bringing together 2,500 students from 44 Iraqi universities on November 17. The event aimed to showcase the academic progress achieved across the country’s universities and emphasize that academic communities transcend reasons for conflicts and divisions. Participants adorned themselves in diverse traditional attire representing various cultures and backgrounds.

Graduates wore clothing reflecting their cultures and regional affiliations, while others proudly carried large Iraqi flags.

Khaled Maher, University Relations Officer at the Al-Abbas Holy Shrine, told 964, “The ceremony aims to present the true image of the outcomes of Iraq’s strong universities, focusing on national unity, as the students hail from various governorates of Iraq. They have come today to take the oath at the shrine of Abu Al-Fadl Al-Abbas, committing to carry out their duties with high professionalism and to prioritize the public interest of the country.”

This event witnessed the participation of 44 universities from many cities, with over 500 members of the Al-Abbas Holy Shrine working to ensure the success of this grand ceremony.

Mustafa Mohammed from the University of Anbar shared, “This is my first visit to Karbala, accompanied by my colleagues from our university, and the most beautiful thing about it is meeting students from other universities. The ceremony was fantastic, as we met some of our peers from other universities, engaging in conversations to strengthen our connections. After the ceremony, I plan to explore the city more and visit its old alleys and beautiful places.”

Zaid Abbas of the University of Basra said, “We came from Basra and were warmly welcomed by the staff of the Al-Abbas Holy Shrine, which provided accommodation as well as meals and transportation. Through participating in this ceremony, we aim to convey several messages, with the most prominent being the affirmation of national identity and the role of education and the educated class in reinforcing that identity.”