By Ron Chen, Correspondent ASEAN Region
The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) has hosted its 9th commencement ceremony on the 8th of October in the presence of 176 undergraduate and postgraduate students from various colleges. The ceremony was attended by Chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees, His Excellency Mohammad Hassan Omran Al Shamsi and Her Excellency Sumaya Hareb Al Suwaidi, member of the Federal National Council for the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, Her Excellency Sumaya Hareb Al Suwaidi.
The commencement ceremony, which took place on AURAK’s campus, was held under exceptional safety measures and a health protocol that taking into account all the prevention standards recommended by the Ministry of Health. AURAK reduced the number of attendees and canceled gatherings inside the ceremony venue. The graduate’s families were able to watch the proceedings on the stage from the safety of their cars. Furthermore all participants demonstrated negative COVID-19 results, wore masks and applied the rules of social distancing by leaving a distance of not less than two meters from each other, in order to ensure the graduation ceremony could proceed with a relaxed joyful atmosphere.
President of the American University of Ras Al Khaimah, Professor Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim, congratulated the graduates of the 9th cohort, stressing that AURAK was determined to fully celebrate the graduate’s wonderful achievements despite the difficult circumstances due to “Covid-19” epidemic. He also expressed his pride in their success in facing challenges and overcoming this sensitive period of their academic life.
Prof. Al Alkim emphasized that the university was always keen to provide its graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills that enable them to overcome all difficulties, and thus contribute to the advancement of their societies and help them overcome the various challenges which would enable them to build their renaissance.
Prof Al Alkim highlighted that the university was moving steadily towards further growth and academic expansion in different schools and courses in order to advance its educational level in accordance with the highest international standards approved for higher education.