Bethlehem University Holds 41st Graduation Ceremony
On the 25th and 26th of May, Bethlehem University held its Commencement Exercises during which 719 students graduated. 

Their accomplishment is, in no small part, thanks to the generosity of donors from the United States and across the world whose financial support provides the means necessary for the University to continue its mission.
In his opening remarks, Brother Peter Bray, FSC, Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University, extended warm congratulations to the graduates and their parents saying, “I remember speaking to you from this very stage four years ago as you were about to embark on this journey. Your hard work has allowed you to reach where you are today.” He encouraged the graduates to keep seeking knowledge, even after they graduate, saying, “Learning never ends; you will leave Bethlehem University, and yet you will continue to learn every day.”

Class of 2017 Salutatorian, Raneen Kassis delivered the graduation address saying, “We are entering a new stage of our lives that might be full of difficulties and challenges, but our hope for a better future will drive us to overcome these challenges.”
In her speech to the graduates, Ayda Hamdan, Class of 2017 Valedictorian, said, “It is our duty to contribute to building Palestinian society despite the challenges our people face.”
During the ceremony, the Mayor of Bethlehem and former Dean of Student Affairs, the Honorable Vera Baboun (class of '85) recognized Brother Joseph Loewenstein, FSC, first Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University, with an honorary citizenship of the city of Bethlehem.

At the end of the ceremony, the deans of the five faculties called upon their graduates to receive their degrees and diplomas from Brother Peter Bray, Vice Chancellor; His Excellency the Most Reverend Giuseppe Lazzarotto, Apostolic Delegate to Jerusalem and Palestine,  and Chancellor of Bethlehem University; and Dr. Irene Hazou, Vice President for Academic Affairs.
To view more pictures from the graduation ceremony, please click here. To see a video of the graduation, click here.
About Bethlehem University:
Jointly founded by the Vatican and the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Bethlehem University annually enrolls more than 3,200 students in bachelor, master, and professional diploma programs. A Catholic co-educational institution, the University is the only Catholic/Christian university in the Holy Land. The University's mission is to provide quality higher education to the people of the Holy Land and to serve them in its role as a center for the advancement, sharing, and use of knowledge.

About Bethlehem University Foundation:
The Bethlehem University Foundation is the U.S. 501c(3) not-for-profit organization entrusted with the sole mission of supporting and promoting Bethlehem University. The Foundation is a means for United States citizens to make a tax deductible donation in support of Bethlehem University.

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