Sabancı University

2020 Commencement

You can watch commencement ceremony live stream from the link below on June, 20th

2018-2019 Academic Year Closing Lecture

Ahmet Ümit

The 2019 Closing Lecture, which will be done within the scope of Commencement Days, is going to be given by Ahmet Ümit on 21th of June, Friday at Sabancı University Performing Arts Center. Ahmet Ümit was born in 1960 in Gaziantep. He graduated from Marmara University, Public Administration in 1983. He studied at the Institute of Social Sciences in Moscow between 1985-86. Ahmet Ümit is the most wel known crime and crime writer in the world. He wrote his first story in 1982, this story is pubished in a magazine which is translated into 40 languages. His first book, Stash (Poetry), was published in 1989. This book, has been followed by Barefooted Night (Story), Fairy Tale in Fairy Tale (Tale), One Sound Splits Night (Novel), Fog and Night (Novel), Snow Smell (Novel), Agatha's Key (Novel), Patasana (Roman) , Puppet (Roman), Satan in Detail (Roman), Beyoğlu Rhapsody (Roman), Love Dogism (Roman), The Flock (Roman), Ninatta's Bracelet (Epic), Map of the Human Spirit (Trial), Non-Country (Fairy Tale) He followed, Bab-ı Esrar (Novel), İstanbul Memory (Roman), To kill a Sultan (Roman), Beyoğlu's Most Beautiful Brother (Roman), Goodbye Beautiful Motherland (novel) and finally Swallow Scream (novel). From the stories of Captain Nevzat, the Death of the Florist, Captain Nevzat, the Temple Whores and the Captain Nevzat, Who Killed Drummer David? three comics are made. Seventy-five books have been translated into twenty-six languages and tales and novels of Ahmet Ümit have been taught as an auxiliary textbook in schools. His novel Mist and Night was adapted by Turgut Yasalar and his novel One Sound Splits Night was adapted to the feature film by Ersan Arsever. Two different series of films were written by Uğur Yücel from his stories, Running in the Dark, and Cevdet Mercan by Satan in Detail. His story called 'Love Doggies' has been scripted and was put on stage by Akla Kara Theatre. Developing awareness of the city, increasing the sensitivity to historical cities and developing multiculturalism he made a program called City You Live and together with his two author friends he made a tv program called Words Before Mentions.

Simultaneous translation into English will be provided.


Güler Sabancı
Founding Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Prof. Dr. Yusuf Leblebici
Zeynep Bahar Çelik
President, Sabancı University Alumni Association
Aysu Yurduşen
Graduate Commencement Speaker
Fatih Öztoprak
Undergraduate Commencement Speaker

Events And Schedule

Commencement Days Programme
Friday, 21 June, 2019
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)
12:00-13:00 Reception (Performing Arts Center)
13:00-14:00 Closing Lecture of the Academic Year 2018-2019: Ahmet Ümit (Performing Arts Center)
14:00-14:15 Laying the Class Brick (Alumni Pier)

Saturday, 22 June, 2019
18:00-18:45 Gathering and Queuing of Graduation Class and Faculty Members behind the Amphitheater for Academic Procession (Amfitheatre Back Enterance)
18:00-18:45 Family Arrival and Seating (Amfitheatre Enterance)
19:00-21:15 Commencement (Amphitheatre)
21:15-21:30 Parade to Alumni Pier
21:30-23:00 Reception (Performing Arts Center)

News And Announcement

Family Reminders
We want to draw your attention to a few points for the ceremony on Saturday, June 22, 2019. 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.

>About Commencement Class


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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Address: Sabancı Üniversitesi, Orta Mahalle, Üniversite Caddesi No:27 Tuzla, 34956 İstanbul, TURKEY
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