MU held on Friday, August 6, 2021, the Second Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony for 174 students who fulfilled the requirements of their bachelors' degrees from the various faculties at the university.
Adhering to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the attendance was limited to the President, Board of Trustees members, the University Council, and the academic and administrative bodies. The ceremony was streamed on MU social media platforms and via Al Manar TV, for family and friends.
The Opening of Ceremony
On the rhythms of special music and attendees' applause, the celebration began with graduates marching down the hall to the amphitheaters designated for them, followed by the university's council, and the academic staff.
After reciting verses from the Noble Qur’an and playing the Lebanese national anthem, the master of the ceremony, Dr. Talih Hamdan, welcomed the attendees and launched the ceremony motto “Life Makers” for the third and fourth graduate batches. Following that, a film on the University’s educational excellence and a video about the graduates were shared.
On stage, the valedictorian and Business Administration graduate, Fatima Foani, delivered a speech followed by her counterpart valedictorian, the Translation and Languages graduate, Iman Hammoud.
The University’s President Address
MU President, Professor Ali Alaeddine, delivered a speech initiated with condolences and sympathy to the families of the martyrs, the affected, and the afflicted on the first annual remembrance of the Port of Beirut the catastrophic explosion, hoping that justice to be achieved and the truth will be unveiled. He also offered condolences and sympathy to the families of Khaldeh's martyrs who fell in an ambush during Martyr Ali Shebli's funeral, hoping that justice will serve this case.
In addition, MU President congratulated the graduates, their families, friends, and beloved ones, as well as the whole family of MU, saying: "Today, and despite all the harsh circumstances, you are reaping the fruits of long days and nights of hard work, so congratulations on this harvest."
In regards to the brain drain crisis in Lebanon, the university's president called for "accelerating the development of curative and preventive policies to prevent the continuation of this bleeding, and to preserve Lebanon's human capital and protect it before it is too late."
The president added, "Regardless of the harsh challenges caused by the Corona pandemic, as well as the financial and economic crisis, we have worked over the past two years to secure all the requirements for the progress of the educational process and the successful completion of classes.” Hence, President Alaeddine announced the fixation of tuition fees in Lebanese Pounds for the next academic year 2021-2022 without any increase among all faculties and the various fields and majors. Furthermore, he also shared that the university will continue to provide financial aid and scholarships, which would benefit most MU students.
Professor Alaeddine indicated as well that the university recently obtained the approval of the Higher Education Council to license the Faculty of Education. Likewise, attempts are underway on licensing the South and Beqaa branches, licensing master's programs, and establishing the university campus in Beirut.
"The University is seeking a safe return to the university's campus by providing vaccines, restoring stability and orderliness to the learning and teaching process," he explained.
Prof. Alaeddine concluded his speech by congratulating everyone on the victory of July 2006 and hailing all who contributed to the groundwork of this ceremony.
2021 Students Batch Speech
In her speech, valedictorian Fatima Foani, thanked MU academics and parents, noting, “The University was a pioneer in giving and striving to provide us with everything we need to complete our educational programs without compromising." Moreover, the graduate stressed that the university did not increase its premiums when the economic crisis erupted, but rather offered grants and additional aid to students."
2020 Students Batch Speech
Consecutively, valedictorian Iman Hammoud addressed the audience by saying, "Three years ago, I didn’t know the meaning of being attached to this place. I learned through my friends and professors that MU is a real family. I am very grateful to them. I thank my parents, colleagues, and the academic and administrative bodies for their assistance to overcome difficulties and reach the moment of harvest.”
Following the speeches, the MU President accompanied by the Deans of all faculties handed the diplomas to students amid applause and caps tosses. Lastly, memorial photos were taken.