Read! In the Name of your Lord Who has created (all that exists). He has created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood). Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous. Who has taught (the writing) by the pen. He has taught man that which he knew not. EXCERPT FROM SURAH AL-'ALAQ (Verses 1 – 5) The IIUM 30th Convocation book is adorned with the songket motif which showcases the aesthetic value of Malaysian arts and crafts. Intimately inspired by nature, the Bunga Lawang (Star Anise) Songket as a background of cobalt blue inspires a calming and comforting effect upon the hearts. The colour blue also signifies truth and honesty which is further accentuated by the beautiful symmetrical songket motif which upholds the artistic works of the Malaysian craftsmen. The book also illustrates a beautiful stem of Moth Orchid which can be found blooming extensively throughout the Southeast Asian region. Though common, but its quaint beauty inspires the unremitting spirit in the growth of knowledge and the embodiment of fine qualities – in the garden of Knowledge and Virtue. A DESCRIPTION OF THE CONVOCATION PROGRAMME BOOK COVER PAGE DESIGN 2 30th IIUM Convocation Ceremony / Majlis Konvokesyen IIUM ke-30 3 30th IIUM Convocation Ceremony / Majlis Konvokesyen IIUM ke-30