A lavish ICMA graduation ceremony was held at the Galadari Hotel, in Colombo, Sri Lanka on November 15, 2018. Over 150 CMAs, AMAs and GMAs graduated, with a packed hall of over 400 well-wishes attending. The Chair of the event was ICMA Australia Chief Executive Officer Prof. Janek Ratnatunga and the Guest of Honour was Ms Krishni Goonesena – First Secretary, Development Cooperation, Australian High Commission. They were accompanied by Dr. Nalaka Godahewa – Hon. Chairman, ICMA Sri Lanka Branch; Mr. Murali Prakash, – Hon. President of the ICMA Sri Lanka Branch; Mr. Kapila Dodamgoda – ICMA Australia Regional Director and Academics from the Academy of Finance. All the VIPs were escorted with the sound of Kandyan drums. The Lighting of the Traditional Oil Lamp and the National Anthem followed.
After the ceremony was declared open by the Chair, Dr. Nalaka Godahewa had a word of welcome. This was followed by the address by the Prof Janek Ratnatunga. The key point he made was that professionals such as CMAs should resist pressure to put profits ahead of ethics. Next, Mr. Murali Prakash introduced the Guest of Honour, Ms Krishni Goonesena. Her speech touched many important links between Australia and Sri Lanka in the education field.
Shown below are some pictures from the graduation ceremony.