Arkin University of Creative Arts and Design (ARUCAD) held a ceremony at the university on the morning of November 10th to commemorate the Founder of the Republic of Turkey, the Great Leader, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The programme commenced with ARUCAD’s Rector, Professor Dr. Asım Vehbi, laying a wreath at the bust of Atatürk.
Following a two-minute silence, the national anthem was played. Professor Dr. Kerem Karaboğa, Dean of the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts at ARUCAD, delivered a speech on Atatürk’s commemoration. He began by acknowledging the difficulty of encapsulating all the qualities embodied by Atatürk in a brief speech, highlighting Atatürk’s significance, not only in terms of vital values, but also as one of the most respected and exceptional leaders in world history.
In his address, Dr. Karaboğa underlined Atatürk’s efforts in guiding society, not only towards science, but also towards an appreciation for art, emphasising and instilling both without distinction. He also highlighted historical accounts involving Atatürk and theatre figures of the time, discussing Atatürk’s insightful and courageous approach in removing barriers that prohibited women from performing on stage, which had become a significant pressure for theatre practitioners.
Dr. Kerem Karaboğa recalled Atatürk’s words about the dedication of individuals to a great art form when he said, “Ladies and gentlemen! You can all become deputies or parliamentarians… You can even become the president… But you cannot become an artist! Let us love these children who dedicate their lives to great art!” He concluded by underlining the values associated with Atatürk’s artistic characteristics, such as equality, liberty, self-confidence, fearlessness, determination, perseverance, and self-discipline, noting that these values are exemplary for everyone, and asserting that without these, one cannot truly speak of artistry or art.
The ceremony concluded with ARUCAD Rector, Professor Dr. Asım Vehbi, alongside academics, staff, and students placing carnations at the Atatürk bust.