Dear Class of 2020,

Congratulations on reaching this significant milestone in your lives!

I am so proud of all of you and your achievements at AUA. I am grateful to your devoted professors, AUA staff, as well as family members who have guided you along the way.

You have achieved this momentous accomplishment in a very uncertain time in our world. Although you have had to overcome many challenges and adjust to the new modalities of instruction over the past three months, you have succeeded and reached your graduation day. Despite the current events, I hope you will still remember your time at AUA fondly.

These challenging times have revealed how much the world needs your leadership. The education, experience, and values gained at AUA have prepared you to move forward as change agents and future leaders. You are now prepared to take the necessary risks to make this world a better and fairer place. We steadfastly believe in your courage and ability to make a positive impact in our ever-changing world. The future of Armenia is brighter thanks to each and every one of you. 

Let me assure you that the knowledge you gained at AUA is a gift that will always lead you forward. Remember that the AUA community is ready to support and encourage you, we will be with you on your journey. As you are now AUA alumni, I encourage you to stay connected to your Alma mater and participate in AUA activities in Armenia and around the world. I wish you great success as you continue on your journey of lifelong learning.

On behalf of the entire AUA community, I wish you the best of luck and a glorious journey ahead!

Dr. Karin Markides


Commencement is a momentous celebration for our academic community.  The university congratulates our graduating students on their academic accomplishments and wishes them success in their future endeavors.