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Haigazian University Baccalaureate Service 2006.
Beirut, 25/06/2006

Haigazian University Baccalaureate Service 2006.

"Egotitis is indeed a universal human condition, but Lebanese society seems to be especially fertile soil for it. Everybody talks about corruption and complains about it ? at the root of corruption is egotitis", said Dr. George Sabra, Academic Dean at the Near East School of Theology, Beirut, to the graduating class of 2006.
Dr. George Sabra was the guest speaker at the Baccalaureate Service of Haigazian University, which took place on Sunday, the 25th of June 2006, in the First Armenian Evangelical Church in Beirut.
A large number of graduates and their families participated in this ceremony, a service of dedication for the graduating class of 2006.
The graduating class walked through the church sanctuary during the processional hymn. The service began with a call to worship by Rev. Nishan Bakalian, the campus minister, followed by a hymn of praise, "Be Thou My Vision", and the prayer of invocation.
In his word of welcome, the President of Haigazian University, Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian, greeted the audience, among whom the President of the Supreme Council of Evangelical Churches in Syria and Lebanon, Rev. Salim Sahyouni, Prsesident Emeritus of Boston University, Dr. Aram Chobanian and his wife, in addition to dignitaries of the community.
Haidostian summarized his feelings and thoughts, stating that "a service of Thanksgiving is mostly future-oriented," adding, that "without God's guidance no destination will be safe, and without an awakened spirit no career will be fulfilling."
Several graduates took part in the service: Roubina Karaminassian and Talar Agopian read biblical selections, Joyce Saddi offered a song accompanied by Shahan Kilaghbian on the piano, while Sarine Hagopian shared her personal testimony with the audience, explaining how Haigazian University affected her social, academic and spiritual life positively, and helped her change to become a better person.
"Treating Egotitis", was the theme of the message of the day, delivered by Dr. George Sabra, who tackled the theme of curing oneself from the disease of egoism, called by him "egotitis". He explained to the graduates that graduation from a university is one of those transitions which exposes young adults to a larger world, to society as a whole, hence, becoming more exposed to social and spiritual viruses and infections.
"You should be well-equipped to deal with it and protect yourself against it, if you have made the best of your stay at this university. Not every college or university can prepare you to deal with egotitis and other ills of society; it is only universities or colleges that have a mission, a spiritual mission, and not just academic or technical goals. Haigazian is such a university with a mission", Sabra concluded.
A prayer of dedication by the Vice-Chairman of Haigazian University's Board of Trustees, Rev. Robert Sarkissian followed, after which Mher Foudoulian and Lama Bendak read the pledges of the graduates to carry the light of truth, freedom & service to the world: "We, the class of 2006 of Haigazian University, in receiving this light, pledge to hold high the light of truth, to defend the light of freedom, and to spread the light of service to our communities, our country and our world".
While the graduates shared the flame among fellow-classmates, the President of the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East, Rev, Megrdich Karagoezian pronounced the benediction, whereupon the class of 2006 marched out the sanctuary with the recessional, each carrying the light out into the world.

Mira Yardemian
Public Relations Director

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