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Congratulations Class of 2013

On July 5, 1,204 students celebrated their graduation from the University of Balamand in a ceremony that also marked the 25th anniversary of the institution. As noted by keynote speaker Dr. Oussama Jadayel, this was the first commencement exercise from which the founder of the university, the late Patriarch Ignatius IV, was absent.   “Despite the sadness that shrouds our hearts, we are here to continue on our road to prosperity and success, under the patronage of Patriarch John X,” added Dr. Jadayel.

 At the end of a short commemorative service, Patriarch John X congratulated the graduating students, wishing them “peace and success.”

In a speech on behalf of his classmates, graduating student Georges al Murr, from the St. John of Damascus - Institute of Theology, thanked the University of Balamand for making appreciate the importance of living an ethical life and for teaching him to respect diversity and co-existence with others who “may be different from me.”

President Elie Salem, in turn, addressed the students, telling them “ I congratulate you for the academic achievements that you made and for the degrees you are going to receive.”

Salem reminded the graduating class of the challenges facing them, including difficult economic conditions, and  the crises that are facing the Arab region, and the Middle East, and urged them to be confront them with an enlightened spirit, urging them to take on leading roles in their different disciplines.

“Nation building, one of the aspirations of the educated youth yearning for decent and dignified lives, has suffered a devastating blow in the Middle East. However, this will require  that the next generation confront the challenges facing them, prioritizing public good over narrow interests”.

Even, as the situation deteriorates, “there is no choice but to go forward,” he concluded.

The graduation ceremony took place on the green field in the University’s main campus, with the participation of thousands of parents, friends, and faculty members.​

Congratulations Class of 2013, and all the best to you!​
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