Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid attends AUD graduation
DUBAI // Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, attended the American University in Dubai’s 18th commencement ceremony on Sunday evening.
The 400 graduates received their US-accredited degrees in business administration, mechanical engineering, communication and information, and interior design, during the ceremony at Dubai World Trade Centre, reported the state news agency, Wam.
Sheikh Mohammed arrived at Rashid Hall, after which attendees listened to the national anthems of the UAE and US, followed by remarks from Elias Bou Saab, executive vice president of the university.
Mr Bou Saab welcomed Sheikh Mohammed and thanked him for his support to the university for the past 20 years, saying that more than 5,000 students have graduated since its establishment, including 1,500 who benefited from a scholarship granted by Sheikh Mohammed.
Ali Jaber, dean of the university’s Mohammed bin Rashid School for Communication, announced the school had received accreditation from the American Communication Council. Sara Ganim, a CNN correspondent and Pulitzer Prize winner, was keynote speaker during the ceremony.
Sheikh Mohammed shook hands with and distributed the diplomas to the graduating students and congratulated them on their success. Other officials including Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, also attended.