2013 auw commencement ceremony details

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2013

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Venue: The Chittagong Boat Club

Student Commencement Speaker: Eumna Basree Huda Click here to read her speech

Commencement Speaker: Marina Mahathir                     Click here to read her speech

Honorary Degree Recipient: Jack R. Meyer

Ceremonial Mace: Designed by student Aniqua Suhala


2013 auw commencement ceremony

AUW is proud to announce its first class of graduates - the Class of 2013

On May 18, 2013, the Asian University for Women graduated its first class of 134 undergraduates.  An important milestone for the University, the first Commencement ceremony included remarks by guest speaker Ms. Marina Mahathir, Malaysian writer, blogger, and activist and member of AUW’s International Council of Advisors. The ceremony was held at the Chittagong Boat Club, in Chittagong, Bangladesh. 

AUW’s first graduation marks the culmination of years of hard work by students, faculty, administrators, and supporters.  After graduation, students plan to attend graduate school in fields as diverse as business, computer science, development studies, environmental science, and urban planning. Some plan to start their own enterprises or non-governmental organizations, or obtain their first jobs. Students have already been accepted to graduate programs at Oxford University and the UN University of Peace, and jobs at companies such as Chevron Bangladesh.  Many will remain at AUW this summer to attend a post-graduate leadership training program on campus before embarking on their careers and other pursuits.

AUW Vice Chancellor, Dr. Fahima Aziz

Ms. Marina Mahathir

Members of AUW’s Class of 2013

AUW Graduate with Dr. Fahima Aziz

AUW's Class of 2013

Commencement Program

Senior Day Program, May 17



10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Opening speech on the AUW Rooftop followed by a showcase of graduates’ summer projects, internships, senior theses, documentaries, photography and creative writing in AUW classrooms

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Lunch in AUW’s Cafeteria

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Cultural Program

7:00 pm

Dinner at Peninsula Hotel


Graduation Day Program, May 18



8:00 am

Guests depart for the graduation venue (Boat Club)

10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Commencement Ceremony

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm


2:30 pm

Guests leave the venue


Below are profiles of selected graduating seniors.