CANTON -- Nearly two dozen students attending American University in Bosnia Herzegovina graduate today with a degree from their home university and one from SUNY Canton.
SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy and Chief of Staff Ryan P. Deuel are attending AUBiH's commencement. The two are already in Bosnia to discuss the progression and growth of the dual-degree program.
"We were honored that they could participate in our on-campus commencement ceremony via live video feed,” Kennedy said. “We are dually privileged to attend their graduation, and we're looking forward to even more students from AUBIH enrolled at SUNY Canton in the future."
The students are the first from their university to earn a SUNY Canton bachelor's degree in finance and a degree from their home university. Most of the students graduating spent last summer at the SUNY Canton campus taking face-to-face classes with Associate Professor Charles R. Fenner, Ph.D., who oversees the management program.
Dubravko Martinović, one of the top students at AUBIH, addressed his classmates, local and abroad, at SUNY Canton's Commencement. "To be the first at something gives one great satisfaction, and we are proud to be the first generation of graduates from AUBIH," he said. "I want to thank you for four memorable years, and an unforgettable semester spent at SUNY (Canton). For us, it was never just an education, it was a life experience."
Students at AUBiH had the chance to meet with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, during a recent visit.
"Your task is to help your country on its journey towards the better future and economic prosperity, and you are its hope," Steinberg said. "Your destiny is to be a part of European Union and NATO, to belong to a great community of the world, but that demands time, hard work and dedication on the part of all of you."