“You are the Ambassadors of the University, wherever you work and act. With your diplomas you are not representing only yourselves but the University from where you have gained your knowledge as well,” said Rector Academician Alajdin Abazi. In his message addressed to graduates, Rector Abazi said that “you should never forget that the future belongs to those who possess knowledge, so only through you continues the thirst for knowledge, you will help our society to face challenges of the time.” (Full speech of Rector Abazi, for the graduation ceremony)
The President of the SEEU Board, Dr. Dennis Farrington noted the importance for studying at SEEU and thanked Rector Abazi for all his work which has resulted in success for students and the University.
“I could speak for hours about Alajdin’s contribution. On this occasion I want briefly to thank him for all his work which has resulted in your success and that of hundreds of others,” said Dr. Farrington, among other things.
USAID Director Michael T. Fritz was among the invited guests who noted USAID’s support for the University, from the very beginning. The support was mainly in the form of infrastructure development and equipment, development of teaching staff and curricula and scholarships, etc.
In the second part of the ceremony the Ambassador of the Republic of Albania to Macedonia, Mr. Arben Çejku, gave a commencement speech and noted the importance that the University has on promoting qualitative education in Macedonia.
“Someone might say that the contingent of today’s graduates in proportion to the region, Europe and the world, is small in number, but, this number is much bigger and important, if we compare it to the eight year history of this University, with qualities that students posses and with the needs of Macedonia and region for young and bright intellectuals,” said Ambassador Çejku.
Students were enthusiastic especially at the time of awarding certificates, which also marked the culminating moment of the ceremony.
Especially for this ceremony, the folkloric ensemble from Vlora sang songs composed for the University and the Ceremony.
Within the ceremony were announced the two best students of the generation, Arbresha Hazari and Aleksandar Petrovski and from each Faculty the two best students were selected as well, to whom were awarded recognitions.