The Markfield Institute’s graduation ceremony for the academic year 2016/2017 was held on 24th October 2017, at the Markfield Conference Centre. The ceremony was opened with a recitation from the Glorious Quran by Mohammed Umar, followed by the translation which was read by Fatima Sajjad Khan, both of whom were current undergraduate students. Emir Camdzic, Head of Academic Operations at MIHE, chaired the graduation proceedings. Speeches at the ceremony were delivered by Dr Manazir Ahsan (Rector of MIHE), Professor Peter Childs (Pro-Vice Chancellor of Newman University), Imam Qasim Rashid Ahmad (Chairman and founder of Al-Khair Foundation) and Dr Zahid Parvez (Principal of MIHE).

MIHE was delighted to welcome Professor Ros Jennings(Head of Research at the University of Gloucestershire) who conferred the award of PhD to Mohammad Arif Almakkawi and Mohammed Ahmed Abdulla Al Hamed.

Professor Peter Childs addressed the audience and then conferred Bachelors and Masters Awards. Our guest speaker, Imam Qasim Rashid Ahmad, congratulated the graduates and gave an inspirational speech, giving details of his own humble beginnings from which he has pursued a successful career and made significant contributions, both in the UK and internationally.
This year the following awards were conferred: – two PhD degrees, fourteen Bachelors with Honours, three Post Graduate Certificates, one Post Graduate Diploma and twenty one Masters degrees. In addition, nine Chaplaincy students gained the award of Certificate in Muslim Chaplaincy.

Special awards were also presented to the following outstanding students:

• Al-Khair Foundation’s special award – Recognising Effort and Academic Progress award, went to Attia Hussain (BA Honours graduate), and the Demonstrating Leadership award, went to Luqmaan Sidat (BA Honours graduate).

• Al Rayan Bank’s special award for the Highest Achieving Islamic Banking Finance and Management Student went to Benjamin Patrick Whiteside.

• The Begum Husneara Memorial Trust awards went to the highest achieving female students as follows: Zainab Haghamed (MA Islamic Banking Finance and Management); Amina Javed (BA Islamic Studies); and Henna Yaseen (BA Islamic Studies).

• The Syed Faiyazuddin Ahmad Memorial Trust award for The Outstanding Student Contribution went to Mehwish Iqbal (BA Honours graduate).

• The final award of the ceremony was presented to Ishaq Mahmood who received the Abdur Rashid Siddiqui Award for the Highest Achieving Chaplaincy Student.

Mehwish Iqbal, our BA Islamic Studies graduate, concluded the ceremony by delivering an inspirational speech in which she shared her experiences at Markfield and how she benefited from her studies at the Institute.

We congratulate all the graduates. We hope they will remember their time with the Institute with pride and affection. We wish them all the best for their future.