On Thursday, January 31, the American University of Afghanistan welcomed a new class of incoming students in its third annual convocation ceremony. The event took place in the Michelle Bayat Gymnasium, with honored guests including U.S. Ambassador James B. Cunningham and USAID Afghanistan Mission Director Dr. Ken Yamashita.
Also in attendance was a delegation from the Friends of AUAF, the U.S.-based nonprofit that supports the lofty aspirations of the university through fund-raising efforts in the United States. Two of the event’s speakers, Ambassador Cunningham and Friends of AUAF Chair Leslie Schweitzer, received recognition from the university for their extraordinary contributions in furthering higher educational opportunities for Afghanistan’s most promising young men and women.