The 2016 Harvest of the Center for Continuing Education (CCE) at Haigazian University
Hayek: “With your hard work, you turned Sacrifice into Hope and one day you will turn your hope into Triumph”
“Go propagate the ripples of knowledge in your community, and if for some reason you must travel, then remember that there is no place like home; so come back quickly and join those of us who are trying to find ways of making our Lebanon an even better place for everyone! ”, said Ziad Hayek, Secretary General of the Higher Council for Privatization in Lebanon, at the graduation ceremony of the Center of Continuing Education (CCE) at Haigazian University, on Saturday the 1st of October, 2016.
The ceremony which celebrated the harvest of Thirty-Five students completing the diverse programs in Teacher Training, covering the fields of Special Education, School Coordinators and Division Heads, and the 21st Century Teacher, in addition to the fields of Human Resources, and Project Management provided in the Adult Education program, started with the word of gratitude of the University’s Campus Minister, Rev. Wilbert Van Saane, who on this special occasion, asked graduates to discern moments of grace and to pass it onto others “who need insight, encouragement, a hand on their shoulder.”
In his welcoming word, CCE Director Sebouh Gurunlian, considered that Education is
“the most powerful weapon that can be used to change the world into a better place.” He further highlighted on the unique characteristics of the Center, saying “CCE at Haigazian University promotes on-going learning by providing our students with accessible opportunities to update themselves, gain new knowledge, attitudes to develop personally, enhance their careers, become more effective members in the society and therefore guarantee a brighter future.”
In his congratulatory remarks, guest speaker, Mr. Ziad Hayek shared with the audience his wide career experience in foreign countries, yet, expressing his uniquely gratifying experience in returning back home and serving his own country. In this respect, Hayek motivated the graduates to lead the change that Lebanon longs for. “I invite you today to propagate your ripples here, in your country and in your community, where they count the most,” Hayek noted. He also emphasized on the hard path, importance and outcome of knowledge, saying, “Sacrifice has now been replaced with Hope. Hope for a better career and surely hope for a better future, for you and for your family. With your hard work, you turned Sacrifice into Hope and one day you will turn your hope into Triumph.” Hayek conclude by saying that leadership is coupled with responsibility, and the importance of knowledge lies in sharing it and putting it in service of the community, as in the words of Jesus, “ to whom much is given, from him much is expected.”
In his message, University President, Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian considered that in education, there is a “ tension between two statements: I know and I do not know.” He elaborated by saying that one should not miss the chance of asking, thinking deeper, and growing further by always saying “I know”, and in parallel, blocking the way of good communication and missing the chance of taking responsibility by saying “I do not Know”. Haidostian concluded by considering, “the balance between these two is Continuing Education, for the I Know grows in depth, and the I Do Not Know is transformed into I want to know more.”
The program ended with conferring the degrees and a decent reception.
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