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May 29 2013

NYIT Honors Class of 2013 at NYIT-Bahrain

Bahrain graduates

Manama, Bahrain (May 29, 2013) — Friends, family, and faculty honored the accomplishments of the Class of 2013 at NYIT-Bahrain’s ninth graduation ceremony.

NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., conferred degrees on the 138 graduates gathered at the Gulf Hotel Convention Center. Fifteen received graduate degrees and 123 earned undergraduate degrees in fields that included interior design, management, information technology, and computer graphics.

In his keynote speech, President Guiliano stressed that graduates’ investment in higher education would lead to prosperity on many fronts, both personally and professionally, and emphasized the value of connectedness in the networked 21st century. “No one moves in a straight line in a network; you move from one node to the next. You turn corners and often find surprises. Wrong turns can lead to the right endings. The more connections you have, the more paths open up and the richer your life becomes. NYIT has given you a wealth of these connections,” he stated. 

“In Bahrain, higher education is essential in keeping pace with a fast-changing, technology-driven planet,” President Guiliano added. “Your country has already established a great precedent as having one of the highest literacy rates in the Arab world and the oldest public education system in the Gulf. And, you’ll be happy to know that salary levels for professional workers in Bahrain are the highest among all nations in the Middle East and North Africa. Your degree will matter more and more as Bahrain’s knowledge economy continues to grow.”

Class of 2013 speaker Khaled Ahmed AlHajri, who earned his bachelor’s degree in finance, delivered the student address to his fellow graduates. “Find your passion in life,” AlHajri said. “Find what fuels you and pursue it. Things may not happen quickly or smoothly, but once you find your passion, opportunities will start to arise, and you will find yourself committed to the path you’ve selected, no matter what challenges you face.”

NYIT Board Chairperson Linda Davila and Director of Alumni Relations Jennifer Kelly also attended the ceremony, which was marked by cheers and applause from the graduates' families and friends.

NYIT-Bahrain’s graduation follows NYIT’s 52st commencement, which celebrated 3,215 graduates on Sunday, May 19, 2013, at the Old Westbury, N.Y., campus, and NYIT-Abu Dhabi’s seventh graduation on May 27. In addition to its Middle East campuses, NYIT also has campuses in Canada, China, and Manhattan. Check out videos and photos from all of NYIT's 2013 graduation ceremonies here.

NYIT-Bahrain academic programs include bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer graphics, interior design, computer science, information technology and computer security, and business administration. NYIT-Bahrain students have been actively engaged in community service and charitable organizations for the past decade to better improve the lives of their fellow citizens.

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, 95,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit



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