New graduates were yesterday encouraged to continue studying even while raising their own families. Speaking during the first graduation ceremony held at the Sir Temi Zammit Hall in Msida, Helen Grech, from the Faculty of Health Sciences, urged graduates to engage in lifelong learning.

Continuing education and professional development were achievable and parental leave could be a “golden opportunity” to further one’s studies.

“I am aware that a number of parents who invested in 20 years of education feel lost when their life suddenly takes a turn to parenthood. But, given the available resources, committed childcare should not restrict you from going on with your studies,” Prof. Grech said.

Her speech kicked off a week of graduation ceremonies at the University, which will draw to an end on December 6.

This year saw 3,224 graduates, two thirds of whom read for an undergraduate degree.

More than 1,907 of all graduates were women.

As graduates leave their educational shelter they needed to make sure they achieved cultural and global competence to become responsible citizens, Prof. Grech continued.

Communication, care, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and empathy were core values to function effectively and served those around us at a time when individualism prevailed.

These skills made a great leader, she said, adding that she considered Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, Fr Peter Serracino Inglott and John Rizzo Naudi to have been endowed with effective cultural and global competences.

“We need to consider these great people as models and try to follow their lead.”

Speaking during the same ceremony, Kurt Borg told fellow undergraduates that yesterday’s celebration was not “the end” but “the beginning”. He encouraged them to be more creative and less static, to be innovative and not let themselves be weighed down by outdated burdens.

Sandro Rizzo also urged the graduates “to live” their experiences at the University.

Graduation ceremony 8 at 4pm
Sir Temi Zammit Hall – Valletta

Institute for Sustainable Development
Postgraduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems
Wendy-Jo Attard, Raphael Mizzi, Elizabeth A Olivieri, Eric James Santucci, Sergio Tartaglia and Joanne Vassallo.

Institute for Maltese Studies
Postgraduate Diploma in Maltese Studies
Mary Kennedy*

Faculty of Arts
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Sponsor: Prof. Dominic Fenech

Geography
Denise Mizzi (Robing), Clara Agius, Maria Alison Azzopardi, Darren Bianco, Isabelle Camilleri, Jacob Thomas Camilleri, Nikolas Cassar, Christina Antonia Ciappara, Jonathan Cutajar, Loredana Cutajar, Clare Deguara, Mykel Fenech, Yoanna Galea, Christian Magrin, Annalise Pace, Elaine A Pace, Maria Refalo and Claudio Toscano.

Anthropology
Claire Attard, Patricia Gutiérrez Sierra, Luca Zsofia Orosz and Marija Vella.

Arabic
Alexandra Hoepfner*

Archaeology
Mark Attard and Raissa Deguara.

Classics
Tyron Lloyd Baron

English
Beverley Agius, Giuliana Barbaro-Sant, Maureen Briffa, Diane Brincat, Marie Therese Camilleri, Raisa Cutajar, James Farrugia, Sarah Fava, Elsa Fiott, Warren Galea, Francesca Giuliano, Rachel Grima, Michela Grixti, Christine Marie Haber, Jeffrey Micallef, Yvette Micallef, Andy Muscat, Emma Paris, Lara Portelli, Christine Thake and Nadya Zammit.

French
Marija Agius, Maria Camilleri and Paula Schembri.

German
Tanya Brincat

History
Christine Marie Attard Cassar, Dorian Baldacchino, Clementina May Camilleri, Matthias Ebejer, Davinia Mifsud, Andrea Portelli, Melissa Ann Simiana, Nigel Vella and Andre Zahra.

History of Art
Frederica Agius, Oriana Aquilina, Matthew Bonett, Eve Cocks, Rachel Formosa, Jessica Galea, Beatrice Loeffel, Nicola Ann Petroni and Nicole Saliba

International Relations
Martin Jan Jesper Andersen, Ian Borg, Luke Caruana, Darren Chetcuti, Stefan Darmanin, Gorkem Dirik, Luca Lacitignola, Justine Micallef, Mikhail Jean Pisani, Mark Portelli, Martina Portelli, Nicole Marie Scerri, Christian Tanti, Kyle Vella and Georgi Dimchev Yanchev.

Italian
Sean James Abela, Graziella Camilleri, Silvio Consoli, Edward Paul Farrugia, Rowena Farrugia, Victoria Grech, Francesca Pecci, Jessica Sacco and Angela Tabone.

Linguistics
Sarah Agius

Maltese
Keith Azzopardi, Leanne Bajada, Mandy Bilocca, Rachel Brincat, Semira Gayle Bugeja, Mark Ciantar, Clifford Debattista, Conrad Fenech, Jade Grima, Janica Magro, Gabriella Mallia, Ruth Mazzitelli, Jake Mejlak, Kristen Mifsud, Steven Mifsud, Marja Piccinino, Braden Saffrett, Maria Kristina Sammut, Maria Simiana, Jessica Sultana, Yanica Vassallo, Josmar James Vella, Raisa Xuereb and Elaine Zammit.

Music Studies
Joseph Borg, Tom Borg, Roberta Bugeja, Matthew Ellul, Stephen Farrugia and Carmel Vincenti.

Philosophy
Raisa Bartolo, Kurt Borg, Marie Borg, Maria Felice Sant Cassia, Christopher Fenech, Nadia Taliana, Claire Vassallo, Alexander Zammit and Annrica Zammit.

Sociology
Christabel Borg, Benjamin Camilleri, Charles Camilleri, Shellann Allison Cassar, Sandri Christodoulidou, Althejana Farrugia, Ann Marie Mallia Pawley, Gianella Mifsud, Dominic Sciberras and Taryn Zammit.

Spanish Studies
Yesenia Briffa, Suzanne Carbonaro, Adriana Cassar, Racine Cassar, Josielle Cutajar, Linette Farrugia and Christina Marie Fenech.

Theatre Studies
Nicola Irina Abela Garrett

Postgraduate Diploma in Interpreting
Simone Aquilina, Denyse Calleja, Johann Calleja, Julia Grima, Rachel Sammut and Fallon Theuma.

Postgraduate Diploma in Translation
Josef Bonello, Maria Gauci, Anthony Musù, Joslyn Sammut* and Loredana Theuma.

Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy
Eliphas John Chinyonga, Anna Durante, Christian Jean-Claude Faure, Louise Hartigan, Moshe Dayan Karbo Abayifaa, Abdulbasit Teniola Mukhtar and Nancy Vernella Nicholas.

Postgraduate Diploma in Hospitaller Studies
Joseph Anthony Bartolo*, Christopher Martin Busuttil Leaver, Timothy Roger Chilvers* and Mark Anthony Portelli

Postgraduate Diploma in Modern And Contemporary Literature And Criticism
James Borg.

Graduation ceremony 9 at 6.30pm
Sir Temi Zammit Hall – Valletta

Faculty of Arts
Diploma in Chinese
Stephen Cachia, Grace Camilleri, Josette Magro, Victor Micallef and John Zerafa.

Bachelor of Arts
Sponsor: Prof. Dominic Fenech
Andrew Abela, Daniel Abela, Fabienne Lara Abela, Andrew Agius, Saleh Ahmed Mamme, Christine Aquilina, Jessica Aquilina, Cressida Attard, Noyra Badi, Gail Baldacchino, Laura Baldacchino, Venessa Bellia Azzopardi, Graziella Bonavia, Angelique Bonello, Adrienne Borg, Mark Daniel Borg, Miriam Borg, Nadine Borg, Karen Borg Cardona, Caroline Buhagiar, Marc Glenn Buhagiar, Shaun Busuttil, Larissa Cacciottolo, Aaron Cachia, Raquel Cachia, David George Camilleri, Tezara Eve Camilleri, Stefan Caruana, Graziana Maria Gloria Cauchi, Maria Chetcuti, Althea Corlett, Maria Cutajar, Martine Cutajar, Rachel Cutajar, Sarah Cutajar, Simon Dalli, Rita De Martino, Brooke Debono, Diane Debono, Deborah Degabriele, Jo Theresa Deguara, Petra Angelica Dimech, Jean Doughty, Leonita Ellul, Alexia Falzon, Connie Farrugia, Sarah Farrugia, Stephanie Farrugia, Camille Felice, Glenn Joseph Fenech, Robert Louis Fenech, Marie Clare Gatt, Melanie Gauci, Rachel Anne Gauci, Abigail Grech, Liam Grech, Chantelle Grixti, Vanessa Kurz, Rozita Lautier, Karl Littlejohn, Tal Maidani, Charlotte Mercieca, Christopher Mercieca, Frederick Micallef, Melvin Micallef, Chantelle Micallef Grimaud, Bernardette Mifsud, Giulia Mifsud, Isabel Mifsud, Sarah Jane Mifsud, Francesca Maria Mizzi, Abigail Muscat, Nathalie Muscat, Andrea Musumeci, Michelle Pace Moore, Jessica Pisani, Maria Laura Pollacco, Joseph Portelli, Luana Portelli, Jaclyn Psaila, Sandro Rizzo, Ganna Ruda, Bernice Sant, Melanie Ann Sant, Davina Schembri, Elizabeth Schembri, Graziella Scicluna, Rachel Seychell, Dayna Maria Spiteri, Mario Giovann Tabone, Iida Maria Tammi*, Elaine Tanti,Chiara Gioia Testone, Alessandro Valastro, Maria Angela Vassallo, Carla Vella, Christian Vella, Emanuela Vella, Louise Vella, Maria Roberta Vella, Roman Voytovich, Jeanelle Zammit, Marissella Zammit and Jan Lucas Zehlicke.

Faculty of Medicine And Surgery
Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Pharmaceutical Science)
Sponsor: Prof. Godfrey Laferla
Elena Marie Mifsud (Robing), John Agius, Jonathan Agius, Danika Agius Decelis, Daniel Leonard Attard, Elise Axiak, Ruth Bonnici, Denise Borg, Christina Cachia, Ryan Camilleri, Mark George Cardona, Angela Cassar, Sara Jo Cassar, Simon Corrieri, Daniel Corso, Leanne Cutajar, Mariana Christina Ellul, Andrew Fenech, Denise Formosa, Charlene Galea, Kathryn Galea, Sephora Galea, Daniela Ghio, Martina Mifsud, Noel Pace, Christina Pace Bardon, Stephanie Portelli, Jessica Spiteri, Caroline Maria Vella and Marcus Zarb Cousin.

Faculty of Theology
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) In Theology
Sponsor: Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Agius
Carmen Zammit (Robing), Sandro Agius, Antonia Aquilina, Rita Jo Attard, Antoine Azzopardi, Bernardette Azzopardi, Lois Dorothy Busuttil, Jonathan Calleja, Marjoe Callus, Wallace Camilleri, Edward Cassar, Dolores Coleiro, Conrad D’amato, Eileen Debattista, Paul Farrugia, Susan Farrugia, Sergio Fenech , Joseph Grech, Miriam Grech, Carmel Charles Harms­worth, Mark Mallia, Karl Mercieca, Claude Mifsud, William Muscat, James Saydon, Jacqueline Schembri, Beverley Joyce Sciberras, Gilbert Scicluna, Doreen Stellini, Cynthia Vassallo and John Vella.

Bachelor of Sacred Theology
Sponsor: Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Agius
Justin Gerada, Charlon Muscat, Terence Spiteri*, Walter Vassallo* and Reuben Vella.

Bachelor of Arts in Theology And Human Studies
Sponsor: Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Agius
Claire Aquilina, Benjamin Bowman*, Sarah Cremona, Anna Marie Galea, Johann Tabone and Margaret White.

Postgraduate Certificate in Theology
Clelia Abela Borg

Postgraduate Diploma in Matrimonial Canon Law and Jurisprudence
Edwin John Day*

Postgraduate Diploma in Bioethics
Nadia Josephine Attard* and Aaron Kitcher*.

*In absentia

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