The 18th Annual Commencement Ceremony (with video)

Written on:May 14, 2012
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With the Commencement for the Class of 2012 on May 13, 2012, the 21st Academic Year in the history of AUBG was officially brought to a conclusion. The class was made up of 238 undergraduates and 24 graduates, who received their B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) and MBA (Master of Business Administration) diplomas.

Elena Fominykh, Valedictorian. Courtesy of

The ceremony was attended by around 2000 people — students, alumni, Faculty and Board members, honorary guests, parents, relatives, friends.

The Valedictorian and the Salutatorian of the class were announced during the ceremony. Vadzim Marasanau from Belarus, who majored in Business Administration and Economics, had the second highest GPA in the class — 3.98. Valedictorian, with a GPA of 3.99, became Elena Fominykh from Russia, who also majored in Business and Economics.

Princess Maria Luisa of Bulgaria, who is a member of the University Council, was conferred the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters “in recognition of her significant contribution to the development of AUBG [and] her continuous support of the University,” as President Huwiler pointed out.

The Student Speaker this year was senior in Political Science Lacey Cope, who also received the Presidential Medal at the Honors Convocation earlier this year. The Commencement Address was delivered by Dilyan Pavlov, AUBG Graduate from the Class of ’95 and a serial IT Entrepreneur.

The graduating seniors were also greeted by Marianne Keler, Chair of the Board of Trustees of AUBG; Sergey Ignatov, Minister of Education, Youth and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria; Susan Sutton, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy to Bulgaria; and Atanas Kambitov, Mayor of Blagoevgrad.

From left to right front row: Minister Sergey Ignatov, Princess Maria Luisa of Bulgaria. Back row: Elena Fominykh, Lacey Cope. Courtesy of

AUBG Daily prepared some statistics about the Class of 2012. Among the 238 undergraduates, 158 or 66% majored in Business Administration. The students who majored in Economics, Political Science, Journalism and Mass Communication, Information Systems, Computer Science, European Studies, Mathematics, and History are 78, 47, 40, 19, 18, 11, 8, and 3 respectively. Sixty-one percent or 145 students did double majoring. Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude were achieved by 45, 29, and 10 students respectively, which means that 35% of the class or 84 students had a GPA of 3.5 and above. The information is based upon seven semesters of work only.

158 78 47 40 19 18 11 8 3
Cum Laude Magna Cum Laude Summa Cum Laude Double Major
45 29 10 145
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