An-Najah Launches the 40th and 41st Commencement Ceremonies
On Sunday, July 11, 2021, An-Najah National University, under the patronage of An-Najah National University's Board of Trustees celebrated the launching of the 40th and 41st commencement ceremonies with the honoring of the top students from all faculties to commemorate their achievements with their family and friends.
The easing of restrictions on large outdoor gatherings made it possible for the University to hold an in-person graduation ceremony for the first time since pandemic-related closures began in March 2020. The new graduates were treated to pomp and circumstance as they crossed the stage in caps and gowns in a celebration that has been postponed, for some, by more than a year.
The event took place at the Hikmat Al-Masri Amphitheater in the New Campus and was attended by a number of An-Najah's Board of Trustees, including Dr. Hani Al-Nabulsi, Prof. Rifaat Safadi, Dr. Rand Salman, and Ms. Rula Shunnar, Professor Maher Natsheh, President of An-Najah, An-Najah’s vice presidents and assistants, faculty deans and heads of departments as well as other notable guests and attendees.
The ceremony started with a speech by Prof. Natsheh who congratulated the 40th and 41st cohort as they have completed their degrees under challenging conditions. "We are so proud of your abilities to adapt to a rapidly changing world – and flourish." said prof. Natsheh. Then, he gave a brief about An-Najah's academic and research achievements during the past years.
Prof. Natsheh expressed his gratitude to the Board of Trustees on their efforts, thanking as well the University staff, graduation committee and the deans and heads of departments that have contributed to serving An-Najah.
" After commencement, we wish you continued success and happiness in your personal and professional lives, and we look forward to hearing about the careers, and graduate and professional programs, you will pursue. We hope you continue to gain the most from your experiences at An-Najah University. Best wishes to our 2021 graduates!". Prof Natsheh concluded his speech.
This was followed by a speech by student Rahaf Abdullah, top student at An-Najah with a GPA of 4.00 from the Computer Engineering Department at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology.
Finally, Prof. Natsheh, the vice presidents, the president’s assistants and the Dean of Admission and Registration awarded the graduates with their certificates.
During the event, health guidelines were heightened in response to the surging numbers of COVID-19 cases locally and across Palestine. Social distancing was implemented for all participants, and more face coverings were in evidence among everyone in attendance. Graduates were required to utilize hand sanitizing stations before and after crossing the stage.
The proudest moment came, though, as each graduate’s name was called as they walked across the stage. It was a moment to savor, and one that many perhaps thought they would never get to experience