Commencement Ceremony Program

Commencement Ceremony Program

We are thrilled to share with you the schedule and highlights of this highly anticipated celebration.


1. Processional

This is the formal entrance of the faculty members and graduating students, into the ceremony venue. They proceed to their designated places on the stage or seating area.


2. National Anthem

The ceremony begins with the performance of the national anthem.


3. Opening

Dr. Michel El Hayek, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, will initiate the ceremony by delivering the opening remarks.

4. Invocation

The Most Reverend Abbot Edmond Rizk, Superior General of the Maronite Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary, will lead the audience in an invocation, offering a prayer for the success and well-being of the graduates.

5. Hymn

The NDU Choir will perform a moving hymn, filling the venue with melodious harmonies and inspiring the attendees.

6. Address by NDU President

Reverend Father Bechara Khoury, the President of NDU, will deliver an address to the graduates, offering his heartfelt congratulations, wisdom, and encouragement for their future endeavors.


7. Address by Guest Speaker

His Beatitude Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, will deliver an insightful address as the guest speaker, offering valuable perspectives and words of inspiration to the graduates as they embark on their professional journeys.


8. Valedictorian Speech

The valedictorian of the graduating class of 2024, Dany Antoine Bou Chebel, will take the stage to deliver a speech on behalf of his fellow graduates, reflecting on their journey, expressing gratitude, and sharing aspirations for the future.


9. Presentation of Graduates for Conferral of Certificates: IDEAL Program

The graduates of the IDEAL Program are called forward one by one to receive their well-deserved certificates.


10. Award Distribution for "Academic Excellence"

Outstanding students who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievements will be recognized and presented with awards for their excellence.

11. Presentation of Graduates for Conferral of Degrees

The following academic deans will present the graduates from their respective faculties for the conferral of degrees:

- Ramez G. Chagoury Faculty of Architecture, Arts, and Design: Dr. Karen Bou Jaoude (Interim Dean)
- Faculty of Business Administration and Economics: Dr. Viviane Naimy (Dean)
- Faculty of Engineering: Dr. Jacques Harb (Dean)
- Faculty of Humanities: Dr. Maria Bou Zeid (Interim Dean)
- Faculty of Law and Political Science: Dr. Dany Samaha (Dean)
- Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences: Dr. Roger Nakad (Dean)
- Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences: Dr. Jessy El Hayek (Dean)

12. NDU Anthem

The NDU Anthem is performed, expressing honor and loyalty to the university and its community.


13. Recessional

The commencement ceremony will conclude with a recessional, marking the official end of the program.