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Sabancı University

2017 Commencement

You can watch commencement ceremony live stream from the link below on June, 1th.

2016-2017 Academic Year Closing Lecture

Murathan Mungan

The 2017 Closing Lecture, which will be done within the scope of Commencement Days, is going to be given by Murathan Mungan on 30th of June, Friday. Murathan Mungan, finished his early education in Mardin. In 1972, he moved to Ankara, and completed his bachelor’s and master’s degree at the Theater Department in the Faculty of Language and History-Geography at Ankara University. Mungan worked as a dramaturge at the Ankara State Theatre for 6 years, and then at the Istanbul City Theatre for 3 years. In 1975, he began publishing his writings including poetry, stories, novels, essays, theater plays, film scenarios, fairy tales, and song lyrics in many newspapers and magazines. His first book “Mahmut ile Yezida”, which was the first play of the “Mezopotamya Üçlemesi” series, was published in 1980. He received second prize with this book in a competition, which was organized by Turkish Is Bank. His first theater play “Bir Garip Orhan Veli” premiered in 1981, and was published as a book in 1993. Mungan won first prize for his poem “Sahtiyan” in a poem contest, which was held by Gösteri magazine in 1981.  He became famous with his poem book “Metal” (1994). Mungan was selected as the best playwright along with Mehmet Baydın by the Ankara Art Society for his book “Taziye”, which was the second play of “Mezopotamya Üçlemesi” series. The play premiered at the Ankara Art Theatre in 1984. In 1987, Mungan edited the culture-art page in the Söz newspaper. Since 1988, he has worked as a freelance writer. In 1987, he received the Haldun Taner Story Award with Nedim Gürsel for the story “Hedda Golder Dile Bir Kadın”. The play “Geyikler Lanetler” was staged many times not only in Turkey but also Germany and Greece. In 1995, Mungan published the selection book “Murathan ‘95”. In 2005, he published “50 Parça”, which includes stories, poems, essays, and plays. His works have been translated into German, French, Italian, Swedish, Norwich, Greek, Finnish, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Iranian, Kurdish and Dutch. Currently, Mungan continues to work as a free writer in Istanbul.

Simultaneous translation into English will be provided.


Güler Sabancı
Founding Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Prof. Dr. Ayşe Kadıoğlu
Acting President
Zeynep Bahar Çelik
President, Sabancı University Alumni Association
Gökçe Karşılıklı
Graduate Commencement Speaker
Gönen Tanra Gürçay
Undergraduate Commencement Speaker

Events And Schedule

Commencement Days Programme
Friday, 30 June, 2017
09:15-10:00 Registration for the lists of participation and distribution of Commencement walking plan (Amfitheatre Back Enterance)
10:00-11:15 Commencement Rehearsal (Amphitheatre)
11:15-11:30 Graduating Class Photograph (Amphitheatre)
12:00-12:30 Tosun Terzioğlu Garden Opening
12:30-13:30 Lunch with 2017 Graduating Class (PAC)
13:30-14:30 Closing Lecture of the Academic Year 2015-2016 (PAC): Murathan Mungan
14:30-14:45 Laying the Class Brick (Alumni Pier)
14:45-15:45 Reception (PAC)

Saturday, 01 July, 2017
18:00-19:00 Gathering and Queuing of Graduation Class and Faculty Members behind the Amphitheater for Academic Procession (Amfitheatre Back Enterance)
18:30-19:00 Family Arrival and Seating (Amphitheatre)
19:00-21:15 Commencement (Amphitheatre)
21:15-21:30 Parade to Alumni Pier
21:30-23:00 Reception (PAC)

News And Announcement

Family Reminders
We want to draw your attention to a few points for the ceremony on July 01: Families are kindly request not to meet the graduates at the amphitheatre before the ceremony and not to take photos during the distribution of diplomas. Official photographers will take a photo when the diploma will be presented to each student for the prevention of disorder and those photos will be gifted to families. Also in the reception area there will be a special corner for the photo. After the end of the ceremony, families are kindly requested to leave amphitheater from the upper door and meet their alumni at the reception area next to the Performing Arts Center. There will be Turkish-English simultaneous translation during the commencement ceremony. Invitations for families (for 6 people) will be delivered to our graduating students when they received their gown.

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Directions to Campus & Shuttle Hours

  • TEM - Çayırova - Bayramoğlu Exit
  • TEM - Orhanlı - Tuzla Exit
  • TEM - Sabiha Gökçen - İstanbul Park - Kurtköy - Pendik Exit
  • Commencement Days Shuttle Hours


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