BEIRUT: The American University of Beirut (AUB) brought together its alumni and their families for a large reunion that took place over the last week.
Over four days, a record number of alumni came back to their alma mater from different parts of Lebanon and the world, to celebrate memories, and enjoy a colorful program with friends and family.
The Reunion kicked off with a dazzling sold-out concert by renowned musician, composer, and pianist Guy Manoukian, accompanied by his musicians and singers. More than 1,350 alumni and friends enjoyed a night full of a variety of Arabic, folk, and opera music at the setting of AUB’s Green Oval.
During the honoring ceremony, held at a fully packed Assembly Hall, more than 300 alumni were honored with commemorative medals. Alumni celebrating more than 55 years, 50 years (class of 1969), and 25 years (class of 1994) since graduation, received their medals at the annual ceremony. Two special groups, the class of MD 1989 and class of 2009, also joined this year’s ceremony, celebrating their 30th and 10th anniversary respectively.
“When we honor you, we are also honoring our university and the power of the connection that we share that transcends not just years, but great geographic distances,” said AUB President Fadlo Khuri during the ceremony.
He added: “I hear from many of our alumni, and from faculty and staff as well—many of whom are first and foremost alumni—that their connection with AUB has had a profound impact on their lives, not just on the career paths they chose, but even more importantly, the values that guide their lives.”
Khuri ended his speech by saying that now is the "right time for AUB to recommit itself to Lebanon, the Arab world, and beyond."
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