Haigazian University


Valedictory Address

Ladies and gentlemen,
Family and friends,
Staff, professors, administration, and our esteemed guests,
And of course, my fellow graduates,

I debated a lot if I should actually start my speech like that or not, because at the end of the day, I am an English major, and I should be a little creative. But the question is if I broke such a tradition, does that mean that I am actually being creative?

I think one of the most important things that Haigazian University has taught me, or actually has taught us, is that each one of us should strive to be different, to be creative, to be unique, but not at the expense of our traditions, our values, and our culture. Because without the values that we lived by at Haigazian, like Truth, Service, and Freedom, I assure you, we are nothing.
Therefore, it is with great pleasure that I welcome you all here tonight on this very special evening, where 137 unique individuals, 137 pioneers, spread their wings and are ready to fly and integrate themselves in society.
I have no doubt that each and every one of these graduates is going to have a great influence on the surrounding that they involve themselves in, because we have all been prepared to be the leaders and innovators that society needs. We have all become well-rounded, cultured and knowledgeable individuals, because of all stimulating courses that were offered to us here. We were all presented with the opportunity of truly fulfilling our dreams, because Haigazian has paved a distinct path that allows each one of us to achieve their role in society. We have also acquired different skills and developed different qualities by participating and being active in all the different clubs and societies that were organized throughout the years. With all these tools that Haigazian has offered, we were shaped in a way that allows to face all the obstacles that the future holds for us, and more importantly we were prepared to give back to society and be the true service providers, in the light of truth and freedom.

My fellow graduates, class of 2017, we have finally done it. We have completed our 3, 4, or maybe even 5 years here at Haigazian, studying hard to reach this exact place.

Even after procrastinating with almost all our assignments, studying for our finals just the night before. and staying sane after all the times that classroom management froze or the portal stopped working right after the registration period had started, we have all managed to be seated here tonight. Who would have thought we would graduate before turning 32?

I have to also lend out a special thanks to many people who without them, I am sure none of us would have been here tonight. First and foremost, I think all of my fellow graduates can agree with me that our parents and family deserve a big thanks for all of their constant love, support, and encouragement. Also, we couldn’t have been here without the great support of all of our teachers and professors, who despite the hard times that I’m sure all of us have given them, they were still there to support us and to educate such a wonderful bunch.
You see, one of the most beautiful things about this place is that we are not merely students. That might be the way we enter, but surely not the way we leave; because at Haigazian we graduate as members of a closely knit family, one that I am proud to be part of. And I am sure that all of us leaving here tonight with friendships that would last us a lifetime.

My fellow graduates, I leave you with these words: Be the ambassadors of Haigazian, leave your mark wherever life takes you, and always remember that you are the beam of hope that will light the paths of generations to come.
With all that being said, class of 2017,

Congratulations, Mabrouk, yev Shenorhavor ella (I hope I said that right).

Thank you everyone!

Rabih Riman

خطاب حفل التخرج 2017 – جامعة هايكزيان
ايها الحفل الكريم،
انه لشرف عظيم ان اقف امامكم بالنيابة عن زملائي لاشارككم في يوم حصاد و تتويج للجهد الدائم و المتواصل بذلناه على إمتداد حياتنا الدراسية و حققنا من خلالها كل متطلبات النجاح في جامعتنا العزيزة هايكزيان – التي كانت و لا تزال بيئة و رسالة و حصن للحرية الفكرية و الكرامة الإنسانية حضور الاعزاء، قبل ان نفترق و نتوادع لا بد من وقفة قصيرة و لا بد من كلمة وجيزة. حياتنا محطات و في كل محطة صعوبات و تحديات، ذكريات و انجزات، اناس ساعدونا و اناس علمونا… افلا تستحق محطتنا هذه ات تقف قليلا قبل وداعها؟

لا زلت اتذكر اول محاضرة لي في هذه الجامعة عندما سألنا الدكتور عصراوي “لماذا انتم هنا؟ و لماذا إخترتم التخصص في التجارة و الاقتصاد؟” – فساد صمت تخللته نظرات باحثة عن إجابة جائت منه … “انا اعرف! انتم هنا لتنالوا شهادة تمنحكم فرصة لتحققوا احلامكم بمستقبل افضل. و لكن الرغبة ليست كافية دون الشغف. فبدأت البحث عن شغفي بنفسي من خلال المثابرة و الإجتهاد و الطموح. لم يكن ذللك ليتحقق دون العناية الإلاهية و الدعم المادي و المعنوي الذي امننوه لي اهلي و داعمي Future Armenian Leadership Fund و مساندة اساتذتي و اصدقائي المحبين. لذلك اود التقديم جزيل الشكر لهم فردا فردا.
زملائي و زميلاتي,

عندما كان اليوم الأول الكل شكى من بعد المسافة و طول الطريق. و عندما بدأت تمضي الايام، شكونا جهدا و تعبا… سهرنا ليالي طوال… حرمنا انفسنا الكثير.. وقعنا تحت ضغط و مجهود… و لكن اليوم يوم التخرج الاسعد بين تلك الايام و نقطة إنطلاق نحو آفاقها العريضة. اود ان اشكر بالنيابة عن متخرجين 2017 اهالينا و اساتذنا و للجميع الذين امنوا بقدراتنا ..
اريد ان اختم خطابي بمقولة جورج برنارد شو “هناك اناس يصنعون الاحداث و هناك اناس يتأثرون بما حدث و هناك اناس لا يدرون ماذا حدث”… رفاقي المحبين معا لصنع الاحداث و الانجازات و التغيرات في سبيل رفع اسم هايكازيان و تقدم بلدنا العزيز لبنان
عشتم و عاش لبنان

انجي كيراجيان