YEREVAN—The 2019 Commencement Ceremony of the AMAA’s Khoren and Shooshanig Avedisian School in Yerevan was very emotional. On June 13, teachers, parents, upper grade students, representatives of the AMAA and the Evangelical Church of Armenia, founders of the school, members of the school board, overseas guests, and representatives of various local and international organizations came together to bid farewell to the School’s 31 graduates.
Principal Melanya Geghamyan greeted guests and expressed her heartfelt advice to the graduates. She thanked school benefactors Edward and Pamela Avedisian (who were unable to come to Yerevan this year), the Bilezikian family and others, including Zaven Khanjian, AMAA Executive Director/CEO, Harout Nercessian, AMAA Representative in Armenia, partner organizations, and the parents for believing in the vision of the Avedisian School. She thanked them for their trust, and for their continual support of the school.
Khanjian addressed the graduates and wished them much success in their journey to higher achievements, and advised them to walk in the right path and to build a “new and powerful” Homeland.
The keynote speaker was Doreen Bilezikian representing the Bilezikian family. Her message was profound and encouraging. She spoke about the dangers, difficulties, and obstacles in the crossroads of life, and advised the graduates not to fall apart, but to continue their road uninterrupted.
On behalf of the graduates, Anna Galstyan spoke in English.
The graduates then stood up with their homeroom teachers, K. Harutyunyan and N. Margaryan, as their names were called one by one to receive their certificates from Principal Geghamyan, AMAA Executive Director/CEO Zaven Khanjian, and Benefactor Yervant Chekijian. Then, 31 caps simultaneously took off in the air.
The warm atmosphere continued in the school’s lobby, around the refreshments tables. Regardless of their spoken language, place of residence, profession and occupation, those gathered under the roof of the Avedisian School had much to say to each other.
“And let knowledge and love become the compass of your great voyage,” stated Avedisian School Principal, Melanya Geghamyan.