Graduation ceremony at the Ferenc Rákóczi II Transcarpathian Hungarian College

The students of the Ferenc Rakoczi II Transcarpathian Hungarian College’s Vocational High School who are majoring in tourism received their diplomas on 3 March. The ceremony was held in the Roman Catholic Church in Beregszász.

The event started with an ecumenical service. János Molnár, episcopal vicar of the Munkács Roman Catholic Diocese, parish priest of the Beregszász Roman Catholic Diocese, János Margitics, pastor of the Reformed Church of Beregszász, and István Marosi, Greek Catholic parish priest, pastor of the college’s chaplaincy preached at the sermon.

After the singing of our national prayer and the anthem of the college, István Csernicskó, Rector of the Rákóczi College, welcomed the guests.

“Ukraine is at war. In war, not only the muses, but also tourism is silent. However, as soon as the war is over, there will again be a need for well-trained tourism professionals, that is you, dear graduates”,

he told the students.

Afterwards, Katalin Soós, Director of the Vocational High School, summed up the past school year. She stressed that the last 3.5 years have not been without burdens for tourism students. First the coronavirus and online education, then the war and blackouts made their student years difficult, but they managed to cope.

“If there is one sector that is based on peace and respect, it is tourism. In order to be able to work in your profession, you need peace. And the Hungarian government is interested in creating peace and in ensuring that Hungarian communities abroad live in peace and respect with the nations around them”,

said Zoltán Kovács, Hungary’s State Secretary for International Communication and Relations, in his welcome speech.

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After the speeches, the graduating students had the floor. Speeches were given by Viktória Patrícia Hajdú and Milán Rácz on behalf of the graduating students. Then Lajos Pércsi recited Éva Tandari’s poem “Ember maradj, Fiam”.

Afterwards, the graduates took their vows. Later, the students received their well-deserved diplomas from István Csernicskó, Rector, Ildikó Orosz, President of the Rákóczi College, Katalin Soós, Director and Zoltán Kovács, Secretary of State.

Then, the third-year students of the vocational high school specialising in tourism bid farewell to their fellow students.

“Today we say goodbye, but it is not a final farewell. From September, the tourism section of the college will be waiting for all graduating students to enrich themselves with even more experience, knowledge and expertise,”

said President Ildikó Orosz in her closing speech.

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Finally, the representatives of the historic churches asked God’s blessing on the life and work of those present.

The ceremony ended with the singing of the Szózat.

Anita Kurmay