AUD 20th Commencement Exercises
AUD celebrates the 20th commencement exercises
Under the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the American University in Dubai proudly celebrated the graduation of 440 of its students, during the 20th commencement exercises at the Dubai World Trade Centre on May 14th.

The ceremony was attended by more than 5000 guests who proudly watched as the Class of 2017 received their certificates from H.H. Sheikh Ahmad bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

This year’s Keynote Speaker, entrepreneur and philanthropist Mr. Donald J. Trump Jr., addressed the graduates saying, “Armed with the education you have received here, the friends and acquaintances you have made and the breadth of people from all walks of life and from all over the world, your opportunities now are boundless.” He invited graduates to live their dreams and not the dreams others have for them. “Don’t let someone else’s vision of your life get in the way of your dreams, especially at this stage.”

He also advised graduates to be careful of the echo chamber that so much of life today seems to be based around, saying “Diversity is in everything that we do these days, and this room and AUD is a prime example of that with people from 110 countries represented”.

Mr. Elias Bou Saab, Executive Vice President of AUD, called upon the graduates to judge themselves on how they contribute to the world and how they give back. “Judge yourself on how you become global citizens. Work each day to reduce the negative, take the headlines in stride and build a bright future for all of us,” he said, adding “it is easy to be negative and to be against something or someone – instead, take the time to be for something. Take the time to develop new ideas and take the time to learn from others.”  

After the conferral of the degrees, Dr. Lance de Masi, President of AUD had a very important message for graduates. “Serve,” he said. “Just like the lights in an operating room shine not on the surgeon but rather on the patient; just like successful flying is not so much about the pilot, but rather the passengers who are brought safely to their destination, this ceremony is really about the thousands of people that throughout your lifetime you will touch, influence, and lead.

He added, “In that sense, you have been educated for others. In that sense, you will act as a force for inclusiveness, collaboration and mutual understanding. In that sense, you are indeed the hope of a better day

Congratulations, Class of 2017. AUD takes pride in your achievements!