Dinner with the Dean, REC edition: A fancy night out for the School of Business’ top graduates

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“This is the cherry-on-top of our journey as students at AUC School of Business.” – Haya El Zayat and Nada Bakry, 2020 Economics graduates.

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Last Wednesday, AUC School of Business held a Recognition of Excellence Ceremony (REC) to celebrate the top 10 percent performing students across undergraduate and graduate programs of the graduating spring ’20, fall ’20 and spring ’21 classes. The ceremony was held for the first time in the form of a “Dinner with the Dean” event at the Stage Garden of The American University in Cairo's (AUC) Tahrir Square campus.

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The night began with welcoming notes from Eman Mourad, senior manager, Student Services and Development, and Dean Sherif Kamel who expressed his excitement to finally be able to host this ceremony after one and a half years.

“The last time we held this event was February 27, 2020,” he noted, adding that “as faculty, staff and families we work around the clock for the moment you graduate.”

The average student spends four years at AUC, but they become associated with the University for the rest of their lives. “You didn’t leave the institution. You just moved to another group of networks, which is the alumni,” explained Kamel, highlighting that the alumni network of AUC bypasses 50,000 people; those of the School of Business are half of this number.

He also advised them to keep the connection, because the learning process doesn’t stop. “You guys will be invited in the not too distant future as guest speakers and as mentors for our future students,” he said.

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AUC School of Business alumnus and recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award Tamer Hamed ‘98, former senior vice president, Procter and Gamble North Africa, shared some words of wisdom with our graduates.

“Your GPA, hard work, and level of wealth are all important, but the right attitude trumps all,” Hamed stated, adding “The learner attitude is important, keep the student in you.”

He also broke down his own “4 Ps” theory for achieving excellence in life after graduation: Patience, persistence, perseverance, and passion. “Nothing happens overnight. Trying once is not enough. Keep moving forward despite disappointments. And lastly, nothing in life is done with excellence without passion,” he explained.

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Speaking of excellence, in addition to receiving their certificates, three graduates were also given special awards for their exceptional work. Yossra Ashraf Helmy received the Omar Mohsen Memorial Cup, Adham Assem Mehany received the Steven S. Everhart Cup for the Class of 2020, and Ali Mustafa Labana received the same award for the Class of spring 2021.

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The student team that won second place globally in Shell Imagine the Future Competition was also recognized during the ceremony. AUC alumnus Moataz Darwish, deputy chairman, Shell Companies in Egypt expressed how proud he is of the teamwork and dedication of the winning team.  “It is such a rewarding experience to get invited to this dinner after all the hard work we had put into our studies as well as the competition,” said team member Lara Shaheen.

The night ended with a heartwarming group picture by the Tahrir Square campus’ old palace.

We wish our graduates a life full of success and look forward to their tangible impact on their communities and beyond.


Graduate:

Master of Arts in economics

  1. Atheer Osama Hamed Mohamed – Highest GPA in Master of Arts in economics for class of spring 2020

  2. Maha Mahmoud Rashied – Highest GPA in Master of Arts in economics for class of spring 2021

Master of Arts in economics in international development

  1. Moustafa Mahmoud Ismail – Highest GPA in Master of Arts in economics in International Development for class of fall 2020

Master's of business administration

  1. Amir Hany Awad – Highest GPA in Master's of business administration for class of spring 2020

  2. Mohamed Nabil El Midani – Highest GPA in Master's of business administration for class of fall 2020

Master in international management

  1. Shamsa Shafaa Mahran – Highest GPA in Master's in international management for class of fall 2020

  2. Yara Salah Koura – Highest GPA in Master's in international management for class of spring 2021

Master of Science in finance

  1. Maha Moustafa Gaber – Highest GPA in Master of Science in finance for class of fall 2020

  2. Mariam Ashraf Kiryakos – Highest GPA in Master of Science in finance for class of spring 2021


Undergraduate:

Bachelor of Accounting

Class of spring 2020

  1. Fairuz Tarek Ali El Khadrawe – Double major in accounting and business administration and Highest GPA in Bachelor's of accounting for class of spring 2020

  2. Tamara Alkhammach

  3. Sara Aly Hamed Elazhary

Class of spring 2021

  1. Yara Hatem Mahmoud Ali Farag – Highest GPA in accounting for class of spring 21

  2. Youmna Mohamed Rashad Mohamed Rashad

  3.  Souzan Abdelmoneim Ahmed Elhamy Elhusseiny

Bachelor of business administration

Class of Spring 2020

  1. Marwan Rafik Gamil Hassan Mattar

  2. Aly Hisham Ahmed Ramy Taha

  3. Ayten Adham Rashad Ismail Abdelmoneim

  4. Jana Ahmed Mohamed Gamaleldeen Aboughaly

  5. Raneem Mohamed Ahmed Abdullah Sherif

  6. Yasmeen Ashraf Bakry Abdelnaeem

  7. Farah Alaa Fahmy Sadek Ibrahim

  8. Mai Hesham Mohamed Eid

Class of fall 2020

  1. Marina Mouris Fouad Tawadros – Double major in business administration and in accounting and Highest GPA in business administration and in accounting for class of fall 2020

  2. Fatma Omar Khaled Abdelghany Halawa – Double major in business administration and accounting

  3. Mariam Ahmed Mohamed Abd Elhamid Mohamed Talaat

  4. Mabrouk Moatez Abdelrahman Ahmed Said Elkawas

  5. Salma Wael Mohamed Elsadda

Class of spring 2021

  1. Ali Mustafa Abdelfatah Ahmed Labana

  2. Rowyda Ahmed Salaheldin Said

  3. Nour Alaa Essameldin Allam

  4. Mariam Hany Kamil Tosson Ibrahim Boktor

Bachelor of business administration in management of information and communication technology

Class of spring 2020

  1. Aida Sherif Mohamed Ahmed Bayoumi – Highest GPA in business administration in management of information and communication technology for class of spring 2020

Class of fall 2020

  1. Amira Mohsen Ahmed Aboud Younes – Highest GPA in business administration in management of information and communication technology for class of fall 2020

Class of spring 2021

  1. Merna Mankarious – Highest GPA in business administration in management of information and communication technology for class of spring 2021

Bachelor of Arts in economics

Class of Spring 2020

  1. Ayaa Osama Ezzeldin Mohammed Touny – Highest GPA in economics for class of spring 2020

  2. Raghda Mahmoud Hussien Abdelhalim Elgedawy

  3. Hazem Mohammed Mohammed Abdelfatah Metwally Elokda

  4. Mennatallah Essam Abdelsalam Abdelghaffar

  5. Nourhan Hossam Mahmoud Elhadba

Class of fall 2020

  1. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelaziz Elhakim – Highest GPA in economics for class of fall 2020

  2. Farah Medhat Mohamed Mohamed Elnady

Class of spring 2021

  1. Nada Ashraf Mohsen Bakry – Highest GPA in economics for class of fall 2020

  2. Haya Sayed Ahmed Fathy El Zayat