Dr. El Khansa’s, AUS President, welcoming speech and words of encouragement were followed by uplifting speeches from Mr. Laurent Wehrli, Swiss National Council member and mayor of Montreux, H.E. Amb. Marta Kos, Ambassador of Slovenia to Switzerland, and Mr. Paul Mallette, the Director of International Operations of Peregrine Global Services.
Dr. El Khansa, accompanied by Mr. Wehrli, continued the ceremony with the conferring of degrees. One by one, emotional students mounted the podium to shake hands, receive their diplomas, and capture the moment on film. Ms. Yanina Stanislavskaya-Thöle, AUS Bachelor student speaker, gave a moving speech, thanking her parents for their support. Dr. Ruby Bakshi, AUS faculty, reminded students to remain true to themselves, and AUS Bachelor speaker, Mr. Stefan Dudolenski, paid tribute to the faculty and staff at AUS, acknowledging their support during his educational journey. Celebrations continued late into the night with dinner and after-party. Congratulations and best wishes to the Class of 2019!