The students of the Ferenc Rakoczi II Transcarpathian Hungarian College of Higher Education received their diplomas

A graduation ceremony was held at  the Ferenc Rakoczi II Transcarpathian Hungarian College of Higher Education is helping on July 1st. The event was hosted in the Reformed Church of Beregszász. This year, a total of 137 BA/BSC students and 48 MA/MSC students obtained their diplomas. 9 students of 137 obtained an honored diploma.

The event began with the marching of historical flags, and then Ferenc Taracközi, the senior pastor of the Beregszász Reformed Parish, greeted the participants. After that, the Hungarian national prayer and the anthem of the Rákóczi College were sang.

The annual evaluation report of István Csernicskó, the college’s rector, was interpreted by the vice-rector of the institute, Gyula Fodor. He pointed out that the graduation ceremony was groundbreaking in the past two years due to the coronavirus pandemic, and since February 24 this year, Ukrainian people has been living in a war and immediately our world was turned upside down:

“We avoided the immediate horrors of the war, but just as for the whole of Ukraine, and the world, it has totally changed the normal life of the college as well.”

It was also mentioned in the report, that the college provided a home for hundreds of refugees from the first day of the war. In addition, the college’s staff and students took responsibility in helping in every possible ways. The achievements in the scientific field, courses, language exams, and talent management of young people were also highlighted. Finally, when speaking to the graduates, he said:

“One must find his own voice, own style, and own opinion. This is a challenge for which I wish you strength, luck and perseverance.”

The greeting of Fidesz faction leader Máté Kocsis, representative of the Hungarian Parliament, was read by Béla Rácz, vice-rector of the Ferenc Rakoczi II Transcarpathian Hungarian College of Higher Education. He emphasized: the good news is that Hungarian students graduated again in Transcarpathia. Today, when war turns everything upside down, the events that bring our lives back to normal are especially important. He added:

“Your passion and perseverance encourage us to do even more for the Transcarpathian Hungarians, who are proving to be invincible in such a difficult situation. Because even now, when the borders and war are stretching between us, we belong together.”

Károly Rezes, the president of the Beregszász District Council, emphasized that we are over a historic school year, because the pandemic and the war have reorganized our everyday lives. However, the most important things remained: the years spent together, shared memories and the acquired knowledge.

Erik Maruszics, a history and archeology (MA) student, expressed his thanks on behalf of the graduating students. Then came the pledge of the students.

The students could receive their well-deserved diplomas, and then the Student Anthem was sang.

Ildikó Orosz, the president of Ferenc Rakoczi II Transcarpathian Hungarian College of Higher Education mentioned the difficulties caused by the war.

“We have a great responsibility. We must do what is possible and what is needed. This requires us to overcome our fears and worries. An important key to success is to identify and face our fears instead of living with them and letting them influence us. Let’s turn all our fears into prayers and hand them over to God, trusting that he will solve them” – said Ildikó Orosz.

At the end of the event, the representatives of the churches asked for a blessing for those present. The event ended with the singing of the “Szózat”.