Al-Ahram Weekly Online
21 - 27 June 2001
Issue No.539
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By Madame Sosostris

Darlings let me tell you how much I enjoy AUC commencements. I myself graduated from this very honourable institution. Well this year was a bit different as a few home truths were hammered into the minds of all those young men and women just staring out: "Most of you will have more than one career because most of them will become obsolete. Rapid change has become the norm," Afaf Lutfi El-Sayyid, professor emerita of near east studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), told the 317 students of the American University in Cmember that "If it's worth doing, then it must be done well." My dear Afaf was also awarded an honourary PhD by AUC president, John Gerhart.


Lutfi El-Sayyid honoured

The 78th annual ceremony, that took place at the Cairo International Conference Centre (CICC), included of course the presentation of awards to graduating class members by Gerhart. The President's Cup, which is awarded at each commencement to the graduating student or students who have achieved the highest grade point average, was shared between Khaled Harras and Solava Ibrahim. The Ahmed El-Mehallawi Family Award, which was given to Ahmed Idrees, targets the student who has contributed most to community service during his/her undergraduate years. Finally came the Parents' Association Cup, which is an award whose recipient is chosen by ballot. The graduating class vote for the graduating student who has contributed most to student activities. The recipient of this award was Mo'ataz Attallah.

Darlings I am sure that you have heard by now that, after he had been honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the title of Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG), the British ambassador to Cairo has now become Sir Graham Boyce. This honour comes as a tribute to Sir Graham Boyce outstanding contribution to the development of political, economic and commercial ties between Egypt and the United Kingdom.

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