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The American University of Kuwait Graduates its 2018 Class

AUK held its annual graduation commencement for the Class of 2018 on Thursday 7th of June where 424 students-269 from the College of Arts and Sciences, and 155 from the College of Business and Economics-officially became AUK graduates, amongst whom were 7 graduates with highest honors, 19 with high honors, and 20 with honors. The ceremony was held under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Hamed Al-Azmi, 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 13th graduation ceremony and officially inaugurated the ceremony by introducing the traditional processionals of the faculty, graduates and President’s Party.

Following the National Anthem and the Holy Quran recitation, AUK President, Dr. Earl (Tim) Sullivan gave an opening speech, in which he offered his best wishes to the graduates after successfully completing an important phase in their lives. "To the graduates: We hope you will live life to the fullest and will contribute to the welfare of your family, community, and country. And we want you to know that you will always be welcome to come back home to AUK!" he said

The commencement keynote address was given by AUK Founding Member of the AUK Board of Trustees and Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board, Dr. Thomas Bartlet. In his speech, he delved into the different phases of change that the world had to endure from social and political, to economic and technological developments throughout history to modern day. Dr. Bartlet stressed the importance of accepting and allowing oneself to explore the new changes happening in the world, saying, "For my part, I hope you will remember when AUK was encouraging you in your general education courses, the liberal arts, to be curious about the world, to keep learning beyond your profession or job, and understand that change is normal and inevitable, and can be exciting and creative and very positive."

Following the keynote address, the class valedictorians were announced by Dr. Hanan Muzaffar, Dean of Student Affairs. This year, three valedictorians were chosen-from the College of Business and Economics, Jaber Al-Shammary who double majored in Accounting and Management (3.93 GPA); and from the College of Arts and Sciences, Leena El-Hawary who majored in Graphic Design (3.95 GPA), and Abdulaziz Al-Mahmeed who double majored in International Relations and English Literature (3.95 GPA) who also delivered the valedictorian speech.

AUK Provost, Dr. Rawda Awwad, also gave a speech in which she affirmed the skills and knowledge possessed by the graduates to instill positive change in the world. "Our graduates have become our daughters and sons, and today we will be entrusting them back to a nation, a region and our world as members of a new generation of young women and men who are trained to aspire to make a difference and affect positive change that is forward looking and constructive," 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. Dr. Hamed Al-Azmi, Dr. Habib Abul, Provost Rawda Awwad, 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.

Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 10th June 2018


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