HUA Holds First Graduations in
In a joint ceremony, The Hindu University of America located
The evening started auspiciously with traditional Hindu prayers
recited by participants and guests alike.
Braham Aggarwal, Chairman of the Board, and Kuldip C. Gupta, President
of HUA, presided over the ceremonies.
Lighting of the ceremonial lamp by BOD members and special
guests Dr. Walter Leibrecht-President of
Dr. Walter Leibrecht, President of
Schiller International University congratulated HUA in its efforts of spreading
peace and harmony while educating the people of
Swami Lalitananda, earlier a faculty member at Hindu University of America, then offered a special blessing after lighting an additional wick for the University, its programs, faculty, students and well wishers.
Moving from the dedication portion of the program to the
commencement ceremonies, it was announced that the first two students of the
Ms. Jessica Sayles received the degree of Master of Hindu Studies in Vedic Astrology. After offering her thanks and gratitude to Goddess Saraswati (Goddess of Learning and Knowledge) and Lord Ganesha (Remover of Obstacles) she acknowledged Chairman Aggarwal and President Gupta with a traditional greeting of reverence known as Pranam (folding of the hands close to the heart while bowing one’s head in respect.). Instead of the American custom of cap and gown, the long-time Indian tradition of an embroidered ceremonial shawl was then draped around Ms. Sayles while she received her degree. Ms. Sayles then formally pledged to uphold the dignity and integrity of the knowledge acquired and to place it at the disposal of humanity.
Ms. Uma Balu, the first student to initially register almost a decade before, received her Master of Hindu Studies in Hinduism. Though unable to attend personally, her hard work and great accomplishment were applauded by all. She was recognized formally in all the following events in absentia.
Chief Guest Vish Prasad, Dean of Engineering at
Completing the formal program, Dr. Mahesh J. Mehta, a founding member of the Board of Directors of HUA eloquently elaborated the significance of the events that had transpired that evening. Finally, the closing prayers requesting the blessings that all beings be happy were joyfully chanted by all. In true Indian fashion, no celebration is complete without a feast. The HUA provided a wonderful meal afterwards on the deck of the new facilities for the approximately one hundred guests that evening.
For details of the program, please contact The Hindu University of America at 407-275-0013 or www.hindu-university.edu.