CIMA Sri Lanka division held its biannual Convocation for the new passed finalists and members on March 27, 2009 at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH).
One hundred and forty seven newly elected Associate and Fellow members, two hundred and seventy six Passed Finalists and thirteen Sri Lankan prize winners including a Sri Lankan world prize winner at the November 2008 examination received their certificates and gold medals during the ceremony for their outstanding accomplishment.
20-year-old Dilshani Gunawardena - the latest CIMA World Prize Winner who brought tribute to Sri Lanka by winning a world prize for Finance Accounting and Tax Principals at the November 2008 examination was given special recognition for her creditable achievement.
The Chief Guest at the function Mr George Glass, CIMA's global Vice President, said, 'This year, CIMA celebrates its 90th anniversary and these impressive results demonstrate that the institute, and the Sri Lanka division in particular, continues to go from strength to strength.'
Whilst congratulating the winners, Andrew Harding CIMA Director, said 'Once again CIMA's Sri Lankan members and students have produced outstanding results. This is a tribute to their hard work and diligence. It places them firmly in the top echelon of the global accountancy profession. CIMA has given them an opportunity which they have seized. Their next opportunity is to build their careers and then go on to lead the world's major businesses.
The global CIMA network will continue to support them in fulfilling their ambitions, and we look forward to celebrating their future successes together'.
The Convocation, which is not only a celebration of the achievements of the new passed finalists, members and prize winners but also recognition of the tremendous support often provided by parents, employers and tuition providers, was attended by more than 1,000 people.
The winning students were awarded the designation of prize winner for their high scores and excellent student performances which count towards their qualification as a Chartered Management Accountant.