500 new graduates in Jordan
“My advice to you before you leave your schools is this: – All of you, men and women, Christians and Muslims, may you be through and through believers in the One God who loves mankind, and may you be bearers of the message of love, cordiality and tolerance.” This was stated by H.B. Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem before 500 young students during the graduation ceremony that was held on Friday, May 14, 2010 in the Arina Hall at Al-Ahliyya Amman University.
The celebration was attended by Mr. Fawwaz Rishaydat, Governor of Balqa’, H.E. Salim Sayegh, Latin Bishop in Jordan, as well as a big number of priests, monks, nuns, and parents of students and their families. The attendees came from various regions in the Kingdom to participate in this celebration.
In his speech, the Patriarch congratulated the Jordanian people on the occasion of Independence Day that Jordan will celebrate on May 25.
For the first time in the history, the Patriarchate celebrated this year a unified graduation for the students of the General Secondary School including all the specializations taught in seven various schools, namely Al-Misdar, Al-Jubeihah, Madaba, Al-Fuheis, Al-Zarqa, Al-Hosson and Al-Wasiyyah.
The first part of the celebration consisted of various artistic items such as folkloric dances, popular songs, and Jordanian dabkeh performed by a school from each region. The celebration also consisted in artistic parts and music performed by the Jordanian Academy of Music affiliated with the Latin Patriarchate.
The official graduation ceremony itself started by playing the Royal Anthem and then a prayer for the graduates recited by Fr. Imad Twal, Director of the Latin Patriarchate Schools in Jordan. This was followed by a welcoming speech delivered by Fr. Majdi Siryani, Director General of the Latin Patriarchate Schools, in which he focused on the message of the Latin Patriarchate schools in the Holy Land and on forming a creative and innovative generation that may be productive and armed with faith and education.
At the end of the celebration, Patriarch Fouad Twal distributed the certificates to the graduates – whose number was about five hundred – amidst songs of joy and happiness by their families and relatives. The celebration was conducted by Dr. Hanan Madanat, Education Supervisor of the Patriarchate Schools in Jordan.
Congratulations on the occasion of the graduation of this group of students, congratulations to the Patriarchate schools for this achievement, and congratulations to Jordan for this bunch of graduates that the Latin Patriarchate presented to the country on the occasion of Independence Day. This bright bunch of students is characterized by piety, education and a deep sense of belonging to this dear country. Their graduation will also motivate them to contribute to the service and building of Jordan.
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