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Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences

Oncology and palliative Care Nursing High Diploma


The Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences – Oncology and Palliative Care Nursing high Diploma hosted and welcomed the mayor of Glasgow – Lord Provost on Monday the 25th of June 2018, with a delegation of 13 people. They came to Bethlehem University to participate in the graduation ceremony of the first cohort of the Oncology and Palliative care nursing high Diploma.

The delegation had a special program at Bethlehem University, where it was started with a visit to the cultural museum. Then Br. Peter Bray the Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University with Ms. Mariam Awad the Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences Faculty / the coordinator of the Oncology and Palliative Care Nursing High Diploma welcomed the delegation at the main gate of Bethlehem University, Followed by a meeting with the students ambassadors at Bethlehem University. After that and before the graduation ceremony, they were invited to a reception at the hotel management – Bethlehem University with all the deans of Bethlehem University.

During the graduation ceremony, the mayor of Glasgow made the guest speaker note at the ceremony (Please find it below)

The ceremony was followed by a dinner to celebrate the graduation and the achievement made over the past years till now.



Graduation Ceremony, Bethlehem University

Monday 25th, June 2018

Lord Provost

Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, good afternoon and thank you so much for your warm welcome this evening at Bethlehem University.

What a privilege and an honor it is to be a guest of honor at the graduation of Bethlehem University and to play a part in this wonderful ceremony and celebration.

Firstly, I wish to congratulate all who have earned and been awarded these degrees after years of study and professional practice. I know these qualifications are hard to earned, and are all the more precious and meaningful for that.

Today will live in your memories as a significant day when you are sent from this special University to serve he world with your knowledge, skills and values. You go as committed professionals who will serve the people of Palestine.

As the first citizen of Glasgow in Scotland; it is my special privilege to be with you today. This has been a long and growing association between the municipalities of Glasgow and Bethlehem.

The development of the higher diploma in cancer and palliative care at Bethlehem University was first conceived when Glasgow Oncology Nurse Gerry O’hare met Mariam Awad, your Dean of Nursing back in 2011 on a visit to the west bank.

The support for the diploma from Medical Aid to the Palestinian, Glasgow and Clyde Health Board and Glasgow City Council was Obtained and allowed this concept to Become reality, and here we are 7 years later seeing the first round of the graduates in the Oncology and Palliative Care program.

I would like to take this opportunity to all those involved in making this happen, their hard work and dedication is outstanding and hopefully will allow a legacy in this field of health care which will go on for many years to come.

Of course the links between Bethlehem and Glasgow go much wider. Brother Peter Bray, your vice – chancellor, has paid two visits to Glasgow and has taken a real personal interest in the links between our cities. I know he will come again in a few weeks and I hope at that time I shall be able to welcome him to our city.

So, dear graduates, as you celebrate today that you have friends in Glasgow and across the word. So use those friendship and relationships for your professional development.

Unfortunately, you know only too well that we live in difficult and uncertain times but you have an education based on hope, love and justice. And this will serve you well as you make your way in the world and in spite of present difficulties, make it a healthier and better place to be.

We thank you for your valuable contribution towards this special partnership between Glasgow and Bethlehem, and it is with a sense of friendship and a shared commitment to the twining with Bethlehem and Palestine that we are able to continue to develop important projects that benefit both our cities.

Please enjoy the rest of your evening of celebration and  

Thank you.  



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