PARAMUS, N.J. — Saturday, June 16, was Graduation Day for the AMAA’s Khoren and Shooshanig Avedisian School in Yerevan. The 12th grade-graduating students bid farewell to their beloved School on their way to new opportunities and phases in their lives.
Commencement Day is a great event in the life of the Avedisian School, when the School welcomes its Benefactors Edward and Pamela Avedisian, friends, supporters, representatives of international organizations, School Board members, journalists and numerous guests from abroad. This year, among the guests were the Republic of Armenia’s newly appointed Minister of Education and Science Arayik Harutyunyan, Deputy Minister Hovhannes Hovhannisyan and Head of General Education Department of Yerevan Municipality Anna Stepanyan.
The Keynote Speaker was historian Taner Akçam, one of the first Turkish scholars to recognize and publicly condemn the Armenian Genocide. In his welcoming words, Akçam urged the students to be courageous and innovative, to have their own views and defend them if necessary, and to fight against injustices.
Before handing out the graduation diplomas, Benefactors Edward and Pamela Avedisian, AMAA Representative in Armenia Harout Nercessian, and School Principal Melanya Geghamyan congratulated the graduates and wished them success in their future endeavors.