Catholicosate of Cilicia
Antelias - Lebanon
On Monday evening, June 3rd, 2019, the Armenological Center of the Educational-Armenological Department held its graduation ceremony for the second year, at the Cilicia Museum of the Catholicosate of Cilicia, in Antelias. The event was presided over by His Holiness Aram I.
The director of the Department Jirayr Tanielian delivered the welcoming remarks. He introduced the program and gave a brief account of the history of the Armenian studies in Lebanon, stating that the Armenological Center of the Catholicosate was established in 2012-2013 as intensive courses and three years later, in 2015-2016, it was redeveloped into a three-year program. Last year, the Center gave its first graduates and this year 11 students successfully complete the three-year program.
Next, Irma Dedeyan delivered the student speech, where she expressed their gratitude and appreciation to the Catholicos, Jirayr Tanielian and the lecturers. She stated that their love to the Armenian language had led them to the Armenological Center, and despite the everyday challenges, they had committed to and completed the program.
Subsequently, the graduates received their diplomas by the Catholicos, who delivered his pontifical speech at the end of the ceremony.
In his speech, His Holiness Aram I expressed his joy on the occasion of witnessing another group of graduates completing their three-year program and urged them to put their diplomas to the service the community. Talking about the Center, the Catholicos commended the director and the lecturers and assured that the mission of the Center has rendered to be that of an Armenian Studies Department on a university level.
The graduates: Aline Libarian-Ketchebashian, Alice Bezjian, Ani Keleshian-Gharibian, Zepure Tchaparian-Tchaparian, Irma Kabakian-Dedeyan, Dzaghig Tchaparian-Khatchadourian, Maria Hagopian-Yeranjian, Nazeli Elbeyan-Nalbandian, Shoghig Torossian-Mkhsi-Jrjian, Sali Khatchadourian-Avedis and Sevan Madian-Maljian.