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July 5, 2010

Bethlehem University Celebrates 34th Graduation Ceremony

Graduation 2010On Thursday, 1 July and Friday, 2 July, 2010, Brother Peter Bray, FSC, Vice Chancellor presided over the 34th graduation ceremony of Bethlehem University, the first university founded in Palestine. 657 students received their diplomas this year. Brother Bray, giving the welcoming note said: “Bethlehem University, through excellence, keeps hope alive,” and that Bethlehem University graduates, “contribute to nation-building by influencing the political, economic, social life of Palestine and the wider region.”

Two members of the Board of Trustees gave the keynote speeches this year; Mrs. Claudette Habesch on Thursday and Dr. Rajai Dajani on Friday. Mrs. Habesch wished the graduates “steadfastness in holding on to [their] dreams” and Dr. Dajani praised the students’ hard work and creativity under exceptionally hard circumstances.

Graduation 2010Bethlehem University was also honored to host His Excellency Bishop William Shomali, Auxiliary Bishop to the Latin Patriarch in Jerusalem and former faculty at Bethlehem University, as the guest speaker. Bethlehem University was honored to give His Excellency Bishop Shomali a certificate of appreciation for his friendship and service to Bethlehem University. His Excellency Bishop Shomali also spoke to the constant need to seek knowledge, saying: “Do not be bystanders as scientific progress happens like bystanders at a sporting events, but be like athletes competing for accolades in science, knowledge and creativity.”

Tamara Nassereddin (BU '10) and Mohammad Karjwally (BU '10) gave the Valedictory Speeches on Thursday and Friday respectively. Nassereddin thanked the faculty and staff of Bethlehem University for all their support and help reminding her fellow graduates that: “the search for knowledge does not stop and is not tied to place or time.” Karjawally, who has already started working with the prestigious consulting firm Ernst & Young as a Junior Auditor, ended his speech with a reminder that although he and his fellow graduates leave today, their hearts and minds will always be with Bethlehem University.

Mohammad and Tamara and their fellow graduates join the ranks of the now more than 12,000 Bethlehem University graduates, including more than 400 graduates from Gaza. The University alumni family serves the needs of the Palestinian people in Gaza and the West Bank, including Jerusalem, through work in schools, government, hospitals, clinics, United Nations agencies, local and international NGOs, business offices, hotels and development organizations, as well as at Bethlehem University and other Palestinian universities.

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