AUA to Offer Undergraduate Education

A scene from a lecture hall at the American University of Armenia

YEREVAN—On Thursday, September 5, 2013, the American University of Armenia (AUA)’s first-ever Matriculation Ceremony marked the launch of the new undergraduate program. Students, faculty, staff, and family gathered to formally welcome the first generation of undergraduate students to the AUA community.

The Republic of Armenia’s Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan offered her welcoming remarks to the undergraduate class, as well as AUA President Dr. Bruce M. Boghosian, Provost Dr. N. Dennis Leavens, and Dr. Caren Meghreblian on behalf of the Board of Trustees. Students also took the AUA Honor Pledge, formally pledging to maintain AUA’s standards of academic integrity.

The undergraduate program offers Bachelor’s degrees in Business, English and Communications, and Computational Sciences. The incoming undergraduate class consists of nearly 300 students from all over the world. Eighteen year-old Hovsep Markarian, majoring in English and Communications, says, “I feel very proud that I’m a part of the first undergraduate class. I know that we are making history. It’s really an honor to be here.”

With the influx of students, there are many changes occurring within the institution. AUA President Dr. Bruce M. Boghosian says, “There are more students in our halls and classrooms than ever before. This will help us better fulfill our mission, which is to address the needs of Armenia and the surrounding region for sustainable development, in a setting that values and develops academic excellence, free inquiry, integrity, scholarship, leadership, and service to society.  We are pleased for the opportunity to inculcate these values in a larger population with a broader range of ages.”

Provost Dr. N. Dennis Leavens shares, “I see the vibrancy in the halls, in the faculty and staff. I am teaching an undergraduate class and the students are delightful, just a joy. That joy suffuses through the day. Everyone I speak with has nothing but praise for this young group of students. They have changed the whole atmosphere of AUA.”

The launch of the undergraduate program is a momentous occasion for the American University of Armenia, with students bringing new energy to the campus. As Dr. Boghosian notes, “There are lots of smiles in the hallways these days.”

Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides higher education in Armenia and the region, offering graduate and undergraduate studies.

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