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AUK Graduates 400 Students

AUK held its annual graduation commencement for the Class of 2017 on Thursday June 8th, where 400 students officially became AUK graduates, amongst whom were 8 graduates with highest honors, 12 with high honors, and 19 with honors. The ceremony was held under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Al-Fares, Minister of Education and Higher Education.

The Graduation was attended by Shaikha Dana Naser Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Founder and Chair of AUK's Board of Trustees, Dr. Habib Abul, Secretary General of Private Universities, members of the AUK Board of Trustees, diplomats, dignitaries, and the families and friends of this year's graduates.

Ms. Amal Al-Binali, Vice President for Admissions & Public Affairs, welcomed the guests and family members of the graduates to AUK's 12th graduation ceremony and officially inaugurated the ceremony by introducing the traditional processionals of the faculty, Graduates and President Party.

Following the National Anthem and the Holy Quran recitation, AUK President, Dr. Earl (Tim) Sullivan gave an opening speech, in which he congratulated the graduates for their successful completion of an important phase in their lives. "Graduates...as this journey comes to an end, tomorrow you begin a new one; one that you have spent the past few years preparing for. Each of you has earned your position on this stage. Receiving your degrees tonight is the fruit of your discipline, dedication, and drive. Your triumph tonight proves that you have overcome all obstacles you have faced along the way and are prepared to face any that may come your way in the future," he said

The commencement keynote address was given by His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Al-Fares, followed by the introduction of the class Valedictorians by Dr. Hanan Muzaffar, Dean of Student Affairs. This year, AUK Finance & Accounting graduate Khaled Serhan earned the highest cumulative GPA of 3.97 among the College of Business and Economics graduates of 2017; while the two students Paola Schietekat Sedias (International Relations) and Rania Al-Sabbagh (Communication and Media) earned the highest cumulative GPA of 4.0 among the College of Arts & Sciences graduates of 2017. The Valedictorian speeches were delivered by Paola and Rania.

AUK Provost, Dr. Rawda Awwad, gave a speech in which she emphasized the intellectual value of pursuing a Liberal Arts education. "Our graduates today, are all individuals who have pursued a liberal arts education: regardless of their degree that they have earned, this exposure has sophisticated them into mindfulness over rashness, altruism over self-centeredness, and provided them with the means to be intellectually inclusive and at the same time appropriately critical of their own thought processes," she said.

The event then proceeded to the part of the ceremony most anticipated by the students; the distribution of their earned degrees. Upon, the Recommendations of the Deans and the Provost, President Sullivan, conferred upon the graduates their respective degrees. The graduates were then awarded their diplomas by President Sullivan, H.E. Mohammed Al-Fares, PUC General Secretary Dr. Habib Abul, Provost Awwad an Interim Dean Ali Charara for the College of Arts and Sciences, and Dean Ralph Palliam for the College of Business & Economics.

In keeping with the academic tradition, the graduates were requested to shift their tassels from right to left, thereby marking their official graduation from AUK. As the ceremony drew to its conclusion, the graduating class celebrated the occasion and took photos with their families and friends.





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Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 11th June 2017


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