Convocation Dinner 2022
The Annual Convocation Dinner of Intake 34, 35 and 36 of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) was glamorously held at Eagles’ Lakeside Banquet Hall Attidiya on 12th November 2022 to Officers of the Sri Lanka Army, Sri Lanka Navy and the Sri Lanka Air Force and Day Scholars.
Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne RSP and Bar VSV USP ndc psc, Commander of the Navy graced this glorified occasion as the Chief Guest. In addition, Air Marshal Sudarshna Pathirana WWV and Bar RWP and Bar RSP and three Bars VSV USP MSc (Def Stu) MPhil ndc psc, the Commander of the Air Force, Major General Milinda Peiris RWP RSP VSV USP ndc psc MPhil, Vice Chancellor of KDU, Major General CD Weerasuriya RWP RSP ndu, Deputy Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Army, Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police S Medawaththe, former Vice Chancellors of KDU, former Commandants of then General Sir John Kotelawala Defence Academy (KDA), Senior Military Officers, Graduated Officers, Day-Scholars, Academic and Administrative Staff of KDU participated in this memorable event.
The Convocation Dinner was replete with Military decorum and traditions along with the display of the President’s Colours and University Colours. Further, the seven-course menu that was served reflected a parsimonious adherence to long-preserved customs and traditions in the military, and the loyal toast was to HE the President followed with the musical accompaniment in attendance to mark the loyalty of the tri-forces to the First Citizen in Sri Lanka. In addition, another five toasts: a toast to the graduates by the Vice Chancellor of KDU, a toast to the staff of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University by the graduates, a toast to the Navy & the Air Force by the Sri Lanka Army, a toast to the Army & the Air Force by Sri Lanka Navy, and a toast to the Army & the Navy by the Sri Lanka Air Force were offered to consolidate fraternity among the tri forces in Sri Lanka with the graduates of KDU.
The event was a delightful climax for the series of events related to the graduation of more than 400 officers, and day scholars in different disciplines, and it signified the final accomplishment of their relentless journey at General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University.