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Al Kafaat University held its annual Commencement Ceremony on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at AKU campus in Ain-Saadeh in the presence of the candidates, class of 2014, dignitaries and special guests, and faculty members. Following the procession of the faculty deans, heads of departments and students, Mr. Raif Shwayri initiated the ceremony with a welcoming address, greeting the attendees and congratulating the graduates. In turn, Professor Ramez Aouad, President of the Board of Trustees, addressed the audience, reminding them of AKU’s academic achievements to date.
The ceremony proceeded with the keynote speech of Dr. Sally Crimmins-Villela, Vice-Chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY), who stressed the importance and merits of higher education. She also reminded the audience that the objective of a university is not limited to providing education but to forming the youths so that they could keep on learning and advancing throughout their career.
Afterwards, the AKU Insignia of 2014 was presented to Dr. Tully Cornick, Director of the Higher Education for Development, USA, in recognition of his efforts and support to AKU.
The closing address was delivered by Professor Fathi Oueida, President of AKU, before proceeding with the presentation of awards and the distribution of diplomas.


On September 15, 2014, Al Kafaat University hosted a black-tie gala dinner in the honor of Dr. Tully Cornick, Director of the Higher Education for Development, USA. The dinner was attended by American representatives of the State University of New York (SUNY) and USAID, AKU’s Board of Trustees, and hundreds of faculty staff and members.
The main purpose of the event was to convey the importance of educational development at AKU; essentially, promoting innovation and good practice in higher education with the guidance and support of SUNY and USAID.
An after-dinner speech was delivered by Mr. Raif Shwayri, CEO of Al Kafaat Foundation, followed by Ms. Rosemary Ortlieb, Global Fellow for Lebanon through the Office of Global Affairs, and last but not least by Dr. Cornick.
This event was a constructive opportunity to celebrate another year of success with partners, affiliates and faculty staff.