The Markfield Institute’s Graduation Ceremony for the academic year 2017/18 was held on 30th October 2018, at the Markfield Conference Centre. The ceremony was opened with a recitation from the Glorious Quran by Abdul Rehman Mehdi, graduate from the BA Islamic Studies Programme, followed by the translation which was read by our undergraduate student, Suhayr Dhorat. Dr Emir Camdzic, Lecturer and the Head of Academic Operations at MIHE, conducted the graduation proceedings.

Speeches were delivered by Dr Manazir Ahsan (Rector of MIHE), Professor Peter Childs (the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Newman University), Mr Neil Jameson (Emeritus Director and Founder of Citizens UK and the Director of the UK Centre of Civil Society), Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow, Khalid Ashraf (MA Islamic Studies graduate) and Dr Zahid Parvez (Principal of MIHE). Our second year BA student Addul Hafeez also recited an inspiring poem.

Professor Peter Childs addressed the audience and conferred the Bachelors and Masters degree Awards from Newman University. This year the following awards were conferred: – five PhD degrees, 17 Bachelors with Honours, two Post Graduate Certificates and 34 four Masters degrees. In addition, 10 Chaplaincy students gained the award of Certificate in Muslim Chaplaincy.

The guest speakers, Mr Neil Jameson and the Bishop of Leicester, congratulated the graduates and gave inspiring speeches, especially drawing attention to act on our values to make positive contributions and the need for graduates to engage in community organising.

Special awards were presented to outstanding students as listed below:

Al Rayan Bank – The Highest Achieving Islamic Banking Finance and Management Student award went to Mohamed Abdi Adaweh

The Begum Husneara Memorial Trust awards went to the highest achieving female students as follow: Ayesha Babar, MA Islamic Studies; Mehwish Iqbal, MA Islam and Sustainable Development; Rumaysah Sidat, Med Islamic Education: New Perspectives.

The Syed Faiyazuddin Ahmad Memorial Trust for The Outstanding Student Contribution award – Fatima Sajjad Khan, BA Islamic Studies.

Minarah Consulting – The Highest Achieving Student in MA in Muslim Chaplaincy Programme awarded to Mohammed Roziur Rahman.

bdur Rashid Siddiqui Award for the Highest Achieving Chaplaincy Student – to Khadijah Ziss

Khalid Ashraf, an MA Islamic Studies graduate, delivered a talk in sign language where he expressed his positive experiences during his studies at MIHE.

Dr Zahid Parvez, Principal of the Institute, gave the concluding talk by emphasising the need for our graduates to make a positive difference and provide leadership to the organisations, communities and societies they live and work in.

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.

Finally, Mary Barber was called to the stage and presented with flowers and gifts to show our appreciation for her long dedicated services to the Markfield Institute and the Islamic Foundation. Dr Manazir Ahsan thanked her for contributions and wished her the best in her future endeavours.