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AUB alumni parents and their children honored at yearly legacy ceremony
9/20/2017
Dana Abed  |  Office of Advancement  |  media@aub.edu.lb  | 

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With the new academic year kicking off, the Office of Alumni Relations at the American University of Beirut held its yearly legacy ceremony in which alumni parents are honored as their kids enter AUB for the first time as students. The ceremony, which took place on Monday, September 18, was attended by President Fadlo Khuri, the entire Board of Deans, AUB officials, and of course the students and their parents. 

In her speech, Salma Oueida, Associate Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations, spoke on behalf of all parents when she addressed her son Karim, who has just joined the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture as a sophomore. 

“I am extremely joyous and proud that it’s AUB you have chosen.  AUB holds a very special place in my heart, and my experience here as a student was life changing. This university made me who I am and the best memories were made on this campus. Your father and I are proud parents, and proud alumni! Thank you for this incredible feeling,” said Oueida. 

She also spoke eloquently of the alumni, who, according to her, are “AUB’s greatest asset.”

“Sending your children to AUB reflects your pride and your confidence in this university, your university,” she added. “AUB indeed takes pride in having such loyal alumni, who continue to the legacy of this historic university, now through their children too!” 

Dr. Salim Kanaan, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, shared with the audience some of this year’s groundbreaking statistics from the Admission’s office. 

“We had around 5,500 undergraduate applications for this fall semester, an increase of 8 percent over last year, where 37 percent of these registered, based on our selection process,” said Kanaan. “$55.1 million was the total financial assistance allocated to students during the year 2016-17 of which $31 million was in the form of need-based financial aid grants that supported 3,381 students, while the remainder were in the form of federal and non-federal grants, graduate and research assistantships, and work study programs allocated to special categories of students. In addition, $3.9 million was in the form of loans (both federal and local) allocated to 545 students.” 

Dr. Talal Nizameddin, Dean of Students Affairs, spoke about student life at AUB. 

“There are some 70 active clubs now. More than a third of AUB students are registered in clubs and societies. We encourage and promote student initiative. Students care about their community: whether it is providing psychological support for traumatized children from Syria, taking sports to Palestinian refugees, or projects to improve underprivileged villages including upgrading schools or landscape,” said Dean Nizameddin. 

President Fadlo Khuri addressed the audience emphasizing the significance of the children of joining AUB, saying: “Y​ou cannot entrust us with a more important part of your own legacy than your children." 

“This is the audience that I do not have to tell, AUB is a unique and special place on this earth. Everybody in this room knows, and has lived, the values of service, excellence and resilience that this university and its medical center embody,” added President Khuri. 

Speaking on behalf of alumni parents, the keynote alumni speaker Mr. Abdulhafiz Mansour addressed the students, affirming that their decision to come to Lebanon and to AUB is a great one. 

“Do not be overwhelmed by the negative vibes: staying and living and working in Lebanon has its merits. Your quick proofs are the numerous successful people who return to work in Lebanon although they can afford to live and work in the developed countries. Lebanon still leads regionally on many fronts with a significant gap. At AUB, you will get the opportunity to acquire excellent education […], diversity at AUB shall provide you with a great learning experience in democratic life and tolerance,” said Mansour. 

To commemorate the occasion, President Khuri, Deans, AUB officials, Parents and their children gathered for a group picture on the stairs of West Hall. 

Following the ceremony, a reception was hosted during which parents and students had the chance to meet the deans and network with various AUB constituents.
Story Highlights
  • ​​With the new academic year kicking off, the Office of Alumni Relations at the American University of Beirut held its yearly legacy ceremony in which alumni parents are honored as their kids enter AUB for the first time as students. 
  • The ceremony, which took place on Monday, September 18, was attended by President Fadlo Khuri, the entire Board of Deans, AUB officials, and of course the students and their parents. 
 
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