The first convocation of PES University was held on Saturday, conferring MBA and MTech degrees upon 297 students. The convocation ceremony was declared open by governor of Karnataka, Vajubhai Vala. Dr Balasubramaniam, founder of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, delivered the convocation address. He advised the graduating students not be afraid to be innovative in solving problems. He considered the combination of passion and compassion as essential to career and life. He felt that digital empowerment is necessary for success in the real world. He believed that due to the enormous amount of data a professional is exposed to, the ability to manage such data and making sense of it is what matters. Dr M R Doreswamy, Chancellor of the university held that focus areas for the university are quality education; placement record and using flexibility in curriculum to equip the students with the vital skills. Alliances with foreign universities he felt gets students global exposure in higher studies. The university has recently added undergraduate and graduate courses in architecture, design, and plans to add courses in medicine, mass communication, commerce, economics and law. Vajubhai Vala in his address advised the students to show courage in tackling the problems faced by the society and the nation. He awarded the gold medals to the rank holders and exceptional achievers. Prof Jawahar, Pro Chancellor, unveiled the scroll of honor and administered the oath to graduating students. They pledged to work for public good, innovate for the advancement in their respective fields, and be aware of their social responsibility. The campus was abuzz with the enthusiasm of the graduating students.