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90th Graduation Ceremony

90th Graduation Ceremony

AIT awards degrees to 208 graduates and confers Honorary Degree on H. E. Abdurrahman Wahid, President of the Republic of Indonesia

At the 90th graduation ceremony on 15 December, AIT conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Philosophy on H.E. Abdurrahman Wahid, President of the Republic of Indonesia, and awarded degrees to 208 graduates from 20 countries in Asia and other regions. The AIT Honorary Degree was awarded in recognition of President Wahid's commitment, as a public figure and a respected scholar, to the systematic and sustained development of higher education in Indonesia. The degree was conferred by Prof. Jean- Louis Armand, AIT President.

The 90th graduation brought the total number of AIT alumni to over 10,600 since the first graduation in 1961.

President Wahid has always been a strong advocate of a democratic system of education. As leader of the world's third most populous country, President Wahid upholds education as the single most important basis for nation building and for character formation. In his earlier years as one of Indonesia's foremost educators, President Wahid promoted an innovative approach to improve education, including its distribution, through community development projects based at the pesantren or traditional Muslim school.

President Wahid received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership in 1989.

AIT President, Prof. Jean-Louis Armand, and Prof. Mario T. Tabucanon, Provost, are seen welcoming H.E. Dr. Abdurrahman Wahid, President of the Republic of Indonesia.

H.E. Mr. Bernard Freymond, Swiss Ambassador and Chairman of the Honorary Degrees Committee of the AIT Board of Trustees, delivering the citation.

AIT President, Prof. Jean-Louis Armand, placing the AIT Honorary Degree Hood and presenting the AIT Honorary Degree to President Wahid.

President Wahid delivering the graduation address.