American Univesity of Beirut

Students celebrate becoming new alumni at annual Ring Ceremony

​​Jennifer Muller, Office of Communications,

An air of exuberance filled the AUB Green Oval as graduating students gathered with friends and family for the 2018 Ring Ceremony. Students were appreciating their newly acquired rings and commemorating this memorable milestone with pictures and videos against the backdrop of live music provided by the AUB Music Club.

The Ring Ceremony, a joint collaboration between the AUB Office of Alumni Relations and the University Student Faculty Committee (USFC), is a tradition that was revived in 2010 and remains a celebration of the devotion and loyalty graduating students have towards their alma mater. In attendance at the event were AUB President Fadlo Khuri, Provost Mohamed Harajli, and the deans, as well as the graduating students along with their friends and loved ones.

USFC Vice President Myra Zeineddine began the ceremony with some advice to her fellow students: “Whatever you went through here at AUB has equipped you to become the best versions of yourselves to be able to face the world outside this campus and excel wherever you go,” said Zeineddine. The president also addressed the soon-to-be alumni and talked about the ongoing relationship AUB has with its graduates. “You’ll always have a home here,” said Khuri. “This is your university, and it will always be your university.” 

“It’s just to celebrate our link with AUB forever,” said Mamadou Ouattara, who is graduating with a master’s in public health. “I’m very happy to be here!”

“It’s like a token of success and accomplishment,” said Maria Mouteirek, whose hand sported two AUB rings. “One is my BFA in graphic design in 2012, and the second is my MBA in 2018.”

“It was an amazing experience at AUB,” said Rawan Chaker. “How do I feel? I don’t know, I have mixed feelings actually. Because of course I’m afraid of tomorrow and all the plans I will be having and the commitment, but at the same time I’m looking back to the best three years of my life.”

Shannon and Rola said they like the ring because it is a memory of the three years that they spent at AUB: “It’s the last time we’ll be here, and it’s fun to be with friends and family celebrating.”

In addition, the 2018 Outdoors CEO Mariam Dabboussi used this occasion to announce their newly established grant called the Outdoors Award, which will offer a reduction in tuition fees to selected students. As of next year, students who have played exemplary roles in cultivating an environment of community engagement, student empowerment, and campus involvement are qualified to apply for this award. 

The ceremony ended with Dean of Student Affairs Talal Nizameddin, who congratulated the students and led them in reciting the ring oath: “With this ring we salute you, our alma mater. We promise to be faithful and committed to our beloved AUB.” ​

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