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GUST Celebrates the Commencement of their 14th Graduating Class

11 November 2019

GUST today announced the commencement of its 14thundergraduate class, consisting of 642 students for 21 nationalities for the 2018-2019 academic year – 62 of which were on the Honor Roll.  Also receiving their diplomas on the evening were 74 MBA students, 12 of which were on the Honor Roll, bringing the total number of graduates to 709. The ceremony was held at the outdoor amphitheater on campus, under the patronage of the Chairman of the Kuwait Red Crescent Society, Dr. Hilal Musaad Al Sayer.


The commencement ceremony was attended by prominent local figures, including Secretary General of the Private Universities Council, Dr. Habib Taher Abul, University Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Mohammed Abdulaziz Al-Bahar, University President, Professor Walid Bouhamra, Interim Chancellor of the University of Missouri - St. Louis – Missouri (UMSL), Dr. Kristin Sobolik, UMSL Director of the Center for International Studies, Dr. George Sipo, UMSL Assistant Director for International Partnerships & Global Engagement, Ms. Liane Constantine, GUST BOT Members, ambassadors, GUST faculty, students, and their families.





The ceremony began with a recitation of a passage from the Quran by GUST student, Ahmed Al Qattan, followed by speeches from Dr. Hilal Al-Sayer, Professor Walid Bouhamra, Dr. Sobolik, and valedictorians Abdullah Al-Sharbati, Fatima Al-Kandari, and Sarah Al-Marhoon. The speakers had many pieces of advice to share with the graduates.



The keynote speaker, Chairman of the Kuwait Red Crescent Society, Dr. Hilal Al-Sayer, noted in his speech: “The future is coming. It poses an opportunity. But it also is a threat to the world we have become accustomed to. So, we have to change without destroying. Or as that famous phrase from Lampedusa’s novel The Leopard, “If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.”


GUST President, Professor Walid Bouhamra, motivated the graduates, ending his address with: “You are the driving force that improves and develops society, the fuel that drives elevation and excellence, and the core of security and stability in our beloved country, Kuwait. Let good morals and ethical values be your philosophy in life.  Let science and knowledge be your weapons. Seek all the roads that lead to success, backed by hard work and dedication. With these two, you shall realize your hopes and achieve your dreams.”


University of Missouri -St. Louis Interim Chancellor, Dr. Kristin Sobolik, also addressed the congregation and highlighted GUST’s tremendous efforts since its inception: “The result is an institution that does an outstanding job of preparing its students for success in the classroom and beyond. One that has earned – in a very short period of time – an impressive list of high-profile accreditations many institutions never achieve. We at UMSL could not be prouder of these accomplishments or more thrilled to continue our work and progress together into the future.”


Three of our graduates also got to say a few words on behalf of the graduating class.


Graduate Fatma Al-Kandari, advised the graduates: Class of 2019, let the fear of your future fuel your future.” 


Graduate Abdullah Al-Sharbati, touched on their time at the university, “This university was, and still is, a family and a home in addition to a place of learning.  This academic institution is the best place to prepare generations, educate the youth, and instill values.


Graduate Sarah Al-Marhoun, was a true inspiration, “Disability was never a barrier against achieving my dreams and aspirations. Infact, it was a gift.”



The night ended with a surprise for all those in attendance – a special performance by the famous Kuwaiti band, Miami, which the students enjoyed tremendously. It was accompanied with by an enticing buffet spread arranged for students, their families, and GUST faculty to sit together and reflect on the time they spent at University.