|Ecole Superieure des Affaires wishes 'great adventure' for grads
|Sitting in the fading Friday afternoon light, the 191 students of the Ecole Superieure des Affaires's (ESA) latest graduating class, along with proud relatives and friends, waited patiently in the schools gardens for the graduation ceremony to start.
"You are about to receive, in a few moments, the fruit of a labor that I know has often appeared intense to you," said ESA Dean and Director General Roger Ourset, who delivered the opening address.
"I congratulate you on the degrees you have obtained and hope that the training you have received will be a great advantage in your career."
Ourset then introduced the next speaker, the vice president and treasurer of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Pierre-Antoine Gailly - continuing the school's tradition of inviting a special guest from France for its graduation ceremonies.
Gailly urged the students to "turn toward the future."
"Obtaining a degree is not the end, or even the start of the end, but the start of a great adventure in which I wish you every success," he said.
The students then walked onstage to receive their degrees from Ourset and Gailly, while accepting the congratulations of the Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon Riad Salameh and the French Ambassador to Lebanon, Bernard Emie.
All the graduates received two degrees: the ESA degree, and an equivalent degree from the ESCP-EAP European School of Management, with which ESA has been associated since 1999.
ESA, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, has graduated about 1,300 students in its history. The French and Lebanese governments jointly founded the school, which is based on the French model of management schools, in order to provide Beirut with a world-class business institution of its own.
The Daily Star