Under the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the American University in Dubai (AUD) will hold the Fourteenth Commencement Exercises on Monday, 16 May, at 5:30PM in the Sheikh Rashid Hall of the Dubai World Trade Center.
An audience of around 5,000, including several dignitaries and other prominent members of the local UAE Community, will attend the Ceremony at which around 450 undergraduate and graduate students from nearly 50 different nationalities will receive their American-accredited degrees in the fields of Business Administration, Engineering, Visual Communication, Computer and Information Technology, Interior Design, and Communication and Information Studies. Notably, this year AUD graduates its first class of students from the Mohammed Bin Rashid School for Communication.
This year’s Commencement season will see more than one celebrity visiting the university. AUD has the pleasure to host Mr. Robert Gibbs, long-time Advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama and 28th White House Press Secretary, as Keynote Speaker, and Ms. Erin Burnett, news anchor/journalist, recently hired by CNN from CNBC, as Guest Speaker.
Robert Gibbs has been an advisor and strategist to President Obama from the early days of Obama’s 2004 Senate race to his sweep to the White House. Most recently, Gibbs has served as President Obama’s Press Secretary, presiding over daily press briefings at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Robert Gibbs has traveled a long road with President Barack Obama, and his rapport and access to President Obama provides intimate and insightful commentaries.
Erin Burnett focuses on global reporting. She anchored her live shows from five continents and spends a lot of time in the Middle East where she covered the revolution in Egypt and has reported from Iraq and Iran. She hosted a primetime special about Dubai called “City of Money & Mystery” and has reported numerous times from Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Her work included covering the financial crisis, filing a series of reports on young women in the UAE and reporting on the Dubai World Cup and the Burj Khalifa.