(DU), the most ancient university of Bangladesh, is all set to hold its 52nd convocation on Monday with the participation of record 20,796 graduates.

DU chancellor and president Abdul Hamid will preside over the event to be held at the university's central playground while Nobel Laureate professor Takaaki Kajita, also director of the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research of Tokyo University in Japan, will join it as the convocation speaker.

The convocation will begin at 11:30am but the graduates have been asked to enter the venue by 11am and collect their certificates after the convocation ceremony.

Alongside, 98 students will get gold medals from the president while Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degrees will be conferred on 57 and 14 respectively.

Seven colleges affiliated with Dhaka University will also participate in the convocation ceremony for the first time from two venues -- Dhaka College and Eden Mohila College -- through videoconferencing.

Meanwhile, DU vice-chancellor M Akhtaruzzaman at a press conference at the Abdul Matin Virtual Classroom on the campus on Saturday said all the preparations have already been completed to hold the convocation in a festive mood.

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