For the second time in a row the Théâtre du Châtelet housed AUP’s graduation ceremony on May 22, 2010. Nearly 300 graduating students walked across the famous Parisian stage to receive their diploma (both Bachelors and Masters) and the traditional yellow rose from the hands of alumni Sukran Toprak (‘96) and Aleksandar Medjedovic (‘95).
As we were celebrating the class of 2010, we also recognized three personalities who have achieved excellence in their field by conferring an honorary degree upon them. This year, AUP’s Doctors Honoris Causa awards were presented to writer and Nobel Prize recipient John Coetzee, philanthropist and businessman Eugene Lang, and actor and director Robert Wilson. Other AUP faculty, staff and students received awards: Dominique Mougel, Susan Perry, Jula Wildberger, Jérôme Game, Hall Gardner, and Bill Stewart, Sinead Ouaicha, Kevin McCrossan, and Pierre-Yves Vasener, Meryem Banghalem, Jessica Pettus, Lilyana Yankova, and Hussein Alfili.
At the end of the ceremony, the new graduates and their families joined the members of the Board of Trustees, the President, the faculty and the staff to celebrate their academic success around a glass of champagne and some delicious petit-fours. At night, the class of 2010, families and friends gathered for dinner and party at The Salons Hoche.
Another graduating class of AUP students are ready to move about in the world and begin to make a difference in the professional sector or engage in graduate studies. We are confident they will make us proud and give them our best wishes for their future endeavors!