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COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY AT THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF ARMENIA (VIDEO MATERIAL)

June 2 marked an important day for 124 students of the American University of Armenia (AUA). They received their Master's degrees and joined the family of AUA alumni, raising the number to 2,448 graduates. The commencement ceremony was attended by state officials, representatives of diplomatic missions and international organizations, AUA faculty members, students and alumni, parents and guests. The Commencement began with the ceremonial procession of the Class of 2013, the President of AUA, Deans of the Colleges and faculty. The anthems of the Republic of Armenia and the United States of America were played and the invocation was delivered by His Grace Bishop Gevorg Saroyan, Rector of the Religious Educational Institutions of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Opening speeches were delivered by AUA President Dr. Bruce Boghosian and AUA Provost Dr. Dennis Leavens. AGBU President Mr. Berge Setrakian and US Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern gave the keynote addresses. (Click here for Mr. Setrakian’s full speech.) Valedictorians Tatevik Khachatryan and Tamar Kabasakalyan spoke on behalf of the Class of 2013. Graduates were presented collectively by their respective Deans and then called to the stage individually to receive their diplomas. Degrees awarded were: Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Master of Business Administration, Master of Industrial Engineering and Systems Management, Master of Law, Master of Political Science and International Affairs, Master of Public Health, and Master of Science in Computer and Information Science. Some of the graduates now hold two Master’s degrees from AUA. Also present at the ceremony were AGBU Central Board and AUA Board of Trustees Member Carol Aslanian, AGBU Central Board Member Vasken Yacoubian, AGBU Armenia Director Arpi Vartanian and AGBU Armenia Deputy Director Hovig Eordekian. Like graduates around the world, AUA graduates concluded their ceremony by jubilantly throwing their caps in the air. Warm words of congratulations were exchanged during an open reception that followed. Later that evening, the Alumni Dinner brought together 300 graduates, faculty and staff to celebrate AUA’s Class of 2013. Over the years, AUA graduates have occupied important leadership positions in the Armenian government, such as Deputy Minister of Justice, Deputy Minister of Defense, Ambassador to India, as well as many top management positions of private corporations and international organizations.

 

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