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AUIS Hosts Iraq’s First Virtual Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2020

Ninth graduating class celebrates online amid COVID-19 realities   SULAIMANI, July 1, 2020 — American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) today hosts the first virtual commencement in Iraq to celebrate its ninth cohort of graduates.   The Class of 2020 includes 207 Bachelor’s degree recipients and 12 MBA graduates.   Modeled on the University’s annual, in-person commencement ceremony, the virtual event features remarks from AUIS President Dr. Bruce Walker Ferguson, AUIS Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Jill Derby, Sulaimani Governor Dr. Haval Abubakr, former U.S. Career Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Iraqi comedian and TV personality Ahmed Albasheer, AUIS Vice President,  Academic Affairs Dr. Wolfgang Hinck, AUIS MBA Valedictorian Mohanad Aydin Alyas, and Chairs of the AUIS academic departments.  The ceremony is available online at auis.edu.krd/commencement.   The speakers praised the class of 2020 for persevering through the Spring semester, interrupted by an emergency campus closure in response to the coronavirus pandemic. AUIS was the first university in the region to move to online learning and completed the semester in June.   “Four months ago, our classrooms were closed,” said President Ferguson. “What we did have, though, was a good sense of direction, experienced faculty, and the determination to reach our destination, no matter how bumpy the road became.”   President Ferguson went on to thank the various stakeholders who supported the University during an uncertain semester, particularly the many families...

AUIS and the University of Arizona Establish Visionary Partnership to Serve Students in Iraq

      Students in Iraq can forge a path toward a U.S. degree while staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.   SULAIMANI, IRAQ—The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA, and American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, (AUIS) are pleased to announce a Global Campus partnership to help students earn a U.S. degree without leaving their home country during the COVID-19 pandemic.    “Not only does Global Campus help solve the mobility challenges of today caused by COVID-19, it is a meaningful and long-term effort at meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goal of providing accessible quality education to the world,” said University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins.   Given travel restrictions, school delays and visa moratoriums, AUIS has created flexible, affordable options with...

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