MUBS's 12th Graduation Ceremony took place on September 20, 2016. The excitement of parents, students and friends was palpable as the MUBS class of 2016 took to the stage of UNESCO Palace in Beirut. The ceremony signaled another landmark success for MUBS, days after announcing a unique partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University and Beirut Marathon Association to launch new programs that open the doors of success to Lebanese students.
The ceremony's Keynote speaker was the Founder and President of Beirut Marathon Association, Mrs. May El Khalil, the inspirational leader whose work placed Lebanon on the international stage for an event that brings together hundreds of thousands, joined by a message of peace and tolerance. The ceremony was attended by Professor Mohamed Loutfi, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK) and MUBS Chairman of the Board, Dr. Hatem Alamy. The program was hosted by prominent Lebanese actor, Mr. Jihad Al-Atrash, who introduced valedictorians and keynote speakers. Dr. Hatem Alamy welcomed all guests and invitees, highlighting the exceptional 2016 milestones achieved by MUBS: The move to a new campus in Spears; the Moderation of MUBS Study Programs with Cardiff Metropolitan University; MSc. Program in partnership with Beirut Marathon Association; creative student community engagement projects; and the Partnerships with renowned universities such as Stanford, Georgetown and East Carolina.
Mrs. May El Khalil delivered an inspiring speech to MUBS graduates, urging them to take the lead for change and give back to their nation, with belief in themselves, and resilience to get them to the finish line. They are the now and the future of the nation, she proclaimed, and that their had work will reap its rewards. She concluded as she hyped up the crowds with rounds of applause, advising the students to pursue their own version of happiness, seeking peace, and running their marathon.
Professor Mohamed Loutfi on behalf of Cardiff Metropolitan University highlighted in his speech the importance of partnerships among universities and reflected on the strong relations between MUBS and Cardiff Met. Professor Loutfi stressed the importance of student and staff exchange mobility programs between the two partner institutions in Lebanon and Wales; an exchange that has been vital for improving both parties and assuring high-quality education to Lebanese and British students and faculty. He hailed MUBS faculty and staff for their huge efforts in maintaining top British academic quality standards in all modules offered.
Professor Mohamed Loutfi then accompanied Dr. Alamy and Mrs. El Khalil in handing diplomas to the graduates.