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Jun 01 2012

NYIT Celebrates the Class of 2012 in Amman

NYIT Celebrates the Class of 2012 in Amman

Amman, Jordan (June 1, 2012)  ΜΆ  Family, friends, and faculty cheered 180 graduates of the Class of 2012 at New York Institute of Technology’s graduation ceremony at its campus in Amman.

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“You are now part of an international network of more than 92,000 alumni,” said NYIT President Edward Guiliano, who congratulated students and conferred degrees. “In addition to what you know, you will be rewarded for your ability to think, to leverage technology, and to apply your ideas.”

Graduate student speaker Rania Al-Zomot and undergraduate student speakers Suhail Khoury and Jaid Alam Al Dien, delivered the annual student addresses to their fellow graduates. Their classmates included Haj Khalil, Hagop Gharnagharian, Ali Hilli, and Ibrahim Zananiri—winners of the first CFA Institute Research Challenge in Jordan earlier this year.

“Now I don’t believe in second places,” said Hilli, who graduated with an M.B.A. He credits university events such as research and corporate challenges with helping him bridge his background in software engineering with his studies in business. “The experiences allowed me to understand the market better.”

Gharnagharian, who completed his M.B.A. degree while working full time, added that the knowledge he gained about the global financial sector will give him an advantage as he furthers his career. “One of my goals is to combine my previous studies in both pharmacy and business administration to work in the global pharmaceutical investment market.” His next step is to complete his certification as a chartered financial analyst (CFA).

Both Hilli and Gharnagharian are optimistic about where their education will take them next, and Hilli hopes to follow a family tradition of serving others. 

“My father is the director of cardiac surgery hospitals in Iraq and my grandfather was the health director of Babylon governorate, so I’m willing to take my position in serving people more,” he said. “Moreover, I want to participate in spreading the knowledge I obtained from NYIT to a larger pool of students—helping them to improve in life as well as in their education.”

The graduation ceremony followed NYIT’s 51st commencement, which celebrated 3,325 graduates on Sunday, May 20, 2012, at the Old Westbury, New York campus. In addition to its campuses in the Middle East, NYIT also has campuses in Canada, China, and Manhattan. 

About NYIT

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers 90 degree programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, in more than 50 fields of study, including: architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has 14,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. NYIT sponsors 11 NCAA Division II programs and one Division I team.

Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, more than 92,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit


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