Colored sashes indicated the school at which the 1,531 graduates had studied. (The Daily Star/AUB,HO)
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A new class of graduates left the American University of Beirut's campus with diplomas in hand over the weekend, when even a weak job market and an uncertain future were not enough to dampen the joy of the occasion.Graduate and honorary degrees were awarded Friday evening.Some students will carry on into graduate school programs. Farah Abi Mosleh, 21, will start a new graduate program in August at AUB related to her undergraduate degree in agriculture. Having already been accepted the graduate medical program at AUB, Abi Shadid's daughter has four more years before she needs to make any decisions regarding her career.Khouri addressed recent developments in the Middle East and said that just as Arabs had demonstrated for "abstract nouns like dignity and justice," so have AUB students demonstrated for their values.He referred to students' successful push for dialogue with the AUB administration following attempts to raise tuition earlier this year. A day earlier, Doorman bestowed honorary degrees on three Arab pioneers who all enjoyed a connection to AUB.
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