Beirut Arab University graduated its fifth class of 332 Graduates in Tripoli Campus, distributed among the Faculties of Business Administration, Architecture-Design and Built Environment, Engineering, Science and Health Sciences. The event was attended by Professor Amr Galal El Adawi, BAU President, Dr. Omar Houri, BAU Secretary General, BAU family, Keynote Speaker of the Ceremony the Ex-Minister Rashid Derbas as well as a crowd of prominent political, economic, municipality, religious and social figures in the North. The event opened with the procession of graduates, deans, faculty members, faculty directors and the President, followed by the Lebanese National Anthem and the BAU Anthem. This was followed by a recitation of the Holy Quran by Sheikh Mohammad Hoblos. Ms. Nala Makouk, the Public Relations Officer in Tripoli Campus, introduced the event, pointing out that as with every year, BAU “celebrates its Annual Commencement Ceremony in the presence of an elite of intellectuals, scientists, and leaders who are responsible for the evolution and development of the community and for leading our creative students on their path towards success which render the nation proud and the whole world a witness" The graduates’ speech was delivered by Alumnus Yousef Abdulkader who confirmed that “success can only be achieved through hard work and perseverance, a promise we were able to fulfil. Here we are today with caps of honour on our heads to draw the smile that we have always wanted to see on your faces, thanks to those gray hairs and wrinkles which tell the story of endless love, splendour and sacrifice.” Prof. Amr Galal El Adawi, BAU President, congratulated the graduates and assured that “meeting together in the North today is a living demonstration of BAU’s belief and keenness to be geographically close to all students in Akkar, Tripoli, Halba, Batroun, Shekka and all other regions in the North where the young generations seek authentic specialties, scientific excellence that keeps up with the era of knowledge, quality and performance, and the noble values that ensure integrity, responsibility, ethics and openness in the right sense.” Prof. El-Adawi stated that one of BAU’s achievement for the academic year 2017-2018 was obtaining 5-year unconditional International Accreditation from the Royal Institute of British Architects by the Faculty of Architecture- Design and Built Environment in Tripoli Campus, and that the Faculty of Engineering is preparing for the visit of the ABET’s International Accreditation Committee next Fall. Ceremony Keynote Speaker Minister Derbas interpreted the history to link the relationship between the Land of Cedars and the Land of Kemet. Derbass conveyed what the Egyptian Poet Amal Dunkol said in one of his poems “Egypt does not start with nearby Egypt. It starts with the stones of Taiba and is as ancient as the presence of water on the tribal land.” About the current situation, Derbas said: "Lebanon, the country, is a difficult equation between a chronic crisis and a chronic steadfastness. It is a precious homeland. We have never recognised its importance, so we were immersed in conflicts. Now, we witness the fragmentation of the other Arab countries, the displacement of families, and the death of many people trying to find a new home. Let us hold on to this land, our nation and our identity so that we will never have to face a destiny that your university has always sought to avoid by equipping the hearts with the light of science." Afterwards, President El Adawi presented Minister Derbas the BAU Honorary Shield, which was followed by the distribution of the certificates to the graduates.