Koç University’s 25th Year Celebrations
On October 4th, 2018 Koç University celebrated the 25th year of its foundation through various activities organized at the Rumelifeneri Campus.
The celebrations kicked off at noon on University Common. Students, staff, and faculty attended various activities. Concerts by Uninvited Jazz Band and Golden Horn Brass Band and performances by the modern circus troupe DOK contributed greatly to the joyful atmosphere of the day. Various workshops organized by the student clubs, a photobooth, food and beverage sales attracted the members of the Koç University community to the University Common throughout the day.
The emotion-filled ceremony that took place during the evening at SGKM brought together the Koç family, the members of the Koç University Board of Trustees, the managers of Vehbi Koç Foundation and Koç Group, as well as Koç University staff, students, faculty, alumni and many members of the Koç University community. After a showing of a film depicting the foundation story of Koç University, the President of Koç University, Umran İnan, and the Chairman of Koç University Board of Trustees and Chairman of Koç Holding, Ömer M. Koç delivered speeches. Following this, a film of the “First Lesson” taught by Koç University founder, the late Vehbi Koç on October 4th, 1993 at the opening of Koç University’s İstinye Campus was shown, and Honorary Chairman of Koç University Board of Trustees and of Koç Holding Executive Board, Rahmi M. Koç delivered a “lesson” commemorating the 25th year of the foundation of the Koç University. This “lesson,” which focused on the concept of dignity received a standing ovation from the guests. At the end of the ceremony, a film prepared through the point cloud technique was shown as part of an audio-visual performance featuring a dance by Koç University student Almina Karya Odabaşı.
Guests leaving the ceremony took the corridor of light created by Koç University students and watched an audio-visual performance at the Vehbi Koç statue located in the courtyard of the College of Administrative Sciences and Economics.
Following this performance, all participants gathered in Koç Square. When all lights of the campus were turned off, the show that everyone was eagerly awaiting took place on the Clock Tower, on Suna Kıraç Library, and on the Portal of Knowledge.
The audio-visual performance which symbolically narrated Koç University’s growth since its foundation was received with joy and pride by all attending.
Later into the night, the party organized by the Koç University Social Activities Club started at the University Common. The celebrations ended after performances by Yüzyüzeyken Konuşuruz, and Hey Douglas.