On July 1, an annual Republican award ceremony “Graduate of the Year – 2017”, with the support of the Head of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko, took place in the Donetsk Centre of Slavic culture. The event was organized by the Ministry of Education and Science, the Donetsk Academy of Management and Public Administration under the Head of the DPR and the DPR Trade Union of Scientific and Educational Workers.
The Chairman of the DPR People’s Council Denis Pushilin, the Minister of Defence Vladimir Kononov, the Minister of Education and Science Larisa Polyakova, the Acting Minister of Economic Development Victoria Romanyuk, the Minister of Communications Viktor Yatsenko, the Acting Minister of Health Alexander Oprishchenko, the Acting Head of Donetsk Administration Alexey Kulemzin, the Acting Head of Makeyevka Administration Valery Lyakhovets, the Acting Head of Gorlovka Administration Ivan Prikhodko, the Chairman of the Trade Union of Scientific and Educational Workers Asya Gorshkova as well as representatives of other ministries and departments, rectors and university professors, parents and friends of the guests of honour. In total, over 700 people gathered in the auditorium of the Slavic Culture Centre.
The Chairman of the DPR People’s Council Denis Pushilin addressed the graduates with an opening speech.
ʺDear graduates! Today is one of the most beautiful periods in your life. You will remember these days with warmth and awe. This time has laid a solid foundation for your future life. And then you have to go for it and dream! Set ambitious goals — and any dreams will come true, as our Republic has come!,ʺ the parliamentarian speaker said.
In turn, the Minister of Education and Science Larisa Polyakova thanked the People’s Council represented by its Chairman Denis Pushilin.
ʺThe People’s Council is linked to the system of education and science, not only because there is a relevant committee and also because many deputies work and study in the educational system. I want to thank the entire DPR People’s Council for their understanding and cooperation through you, Denis Vladimirovich. You and I fight common cause – we develop the Donetsk People’s Republic,ʺ Larisa Polyakova said.
A total of 57 top graduates from the 16 educational organizations of the Republic participated in the award ceremony. They were awarded for their achievements in science, for active participation in community work, achievements in trade union, sports, cultural and other activities.