Dubai: The Mayor of Los Angeles on Sunday calls on the graduating class of the American University of Dubai (AUD) to chase the “Dubai Dream”.
The 11th batch of graduates from the AUD received their degrees yesterday, presented by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai at the university’s sixteenth commencement held at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Speaking at the commencement, the Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, said that there is something called the “American Dream” which is a fundamental belief by all Americans that success is open regardless of their race and religion.
“After experiencing Dubai up close I had the chance to meet people, talk to them and sense their spirit and I have to say ladies and gentlemen there is something called the ‘Dubai Dream’ as well. It is the belief that by thinking big and reaching out for the stars outstanding progress is possible, graduates, think about the history of this very city as an example of the Dubai dream. Dubai was once a sandy outpost at the edge of the Gulf now it is one of the most modern cities not just in the Middle East but also the entire world,” he added.
Around 430 undergraduates and graduate students of nearly 50 nationalities received their American-accredited degrees in Business Administration, Engineering, visual Communication, Computer and Information Technology, Interior design, International Studies and Communication and Information Studies.
The second commencement speaker, Chair, President and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, Arianna Huffington, shed light on inspirational stories.
“To those of you in the school of media and journalism, let me just say don’t do your job by simply telling the world about what is not working and what is, tell us the stories of innovation, creativity, compassion and empathy because when you put a spotlight on these stories you help others get inspired.”
UAE national Rashid Al Yasi, 22, graduated from Business Management and had no words to express his happiness. “I feel happy, words can’t even describe my feelings. It was very hard work and I am really glad that I have graduated. I have been looking for jobs for a while now with no luck, however, I hope that I will find a good job opportunity soon.”
Indian national Lavina Israni, 20, graduated with a marketing and communication was also happy about graduation.
“Its nice to be done with university and to now have a degree from one of the best universities in the country. I feel secure that I will find a job because my father has a business.”
Noor Nazzal is trainee at Gulf News