Dear AUB Community,
As an extraordinarily challenging academic year nears its conclusion, I am writing to inform you of our university's plans for in-person ceremonies that we shall hold to mark AUB's 152nd Commencement Exercises.
We are doing everything in our power to ensure that every graduating student of the indomitable Class of 2021 will be able to enjoy the unforgettable experience of an in-person event with their fellows to mark the successful end of their AUB journeys. Under the continuing conditions of the coronavirus pandemic, the following dates have been scheduled for graduates in medical and health disciplines who have received their COVID-19 vaccinations.
June 3 – Rafic Hariri School of Nursing
June 4 – Faculty of Medicine
June 5 – Faculty of Health Sciences
Commencement Exercises for these faculties will take place in the open air on the Green Oval, with social distancing rules applied and masks worn by all participants, starting at 8:00 pm. The events will be for students only as they will take place during the pandemic, but will be livestreamed for parents and other family members to watch. Please await further instructions from your faculties and the Events team regarding regalia, rehearsals, and other details.
In-person Commencement Exercises for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, and the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business are planned for September 3-4, with rehearsals on September 1-2, following our comprehensive vaccination program. We shall also contact graduates of the magnificent Class of 2020 who missed out on their Commencement Exercises last year, to survey their wishes for an in-person event or a virtual ceremony in October 2021.
I would like to end by sending sincere and heartfelt congratulations from the entire AUB faculty and staff to all our graduating students on their successful completion of their AUB degrees under the most difficult circumstances imaginable. You have endured a succession of obstacles and hardships that no recent graduating cohort has faced and have come through it all with your heads held high, knowing that you, and the whole body of AUB students, have acquitted yourselves with extraordinary grace and poise. We are proud of you and will never forget your lasting contributions to AUB's rich history of achievement.
Fadlo R. Khuri, MD