The graduation ceremony of 2021-22 was held at AUCA

The graduation ceremony of 2021-22 was held at AUCA

June 14, 2022

On June 11, a graduation ceremony was held at the American University of Central Asia.

For the first time in three years, it was held in person. In addition to the 2022 graduates, the 2020 and 2021 graduates took part in the ceremony. A total of 458 graduates received diplomas. Of those, 316 were graduates of 2022; 95 students graduated in years of 2020-21; and 47 graduates were from the American University in Afghanistan.

Among the honorary guests were Vice Prime Minister of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic Edil Baisalov, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic Rasul Abbasbek uulu, US Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Sonata N.Coulter, US Ambassador to Afghanistan Eric Black, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Afghanistan in Kyrgyzstan Said Nader Hussaini Sadat , Ambassador of Ukraine to Kyrgyzstan Valery Zhovtenko, Ambassador of Mongolia to Kyrgyzstan Sodnom Gankhuyag, Counselor of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Kyrgyzstan Daniyar Sumenov, Representative of the Embassy of Hungary in Kyrgyzstan Takhmina Zakirova, President of the American University in Afghanistan Jan Bickford, Director of Global Relations at Bard College Brian Billings.

The graduates were congratulated by AUCA President Jonathan Becker, Head of the AUCA Board of Trustees David Lahdir, US Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Coulter N. Sonata, US Ambassador to Afghanistan Eric Black, President of the American University in Afghanistan Ian Bickford.

President Jonathan Becker in his speech expressed his belief in the bright future.

“AUCA’s believes that liberal arts education is less about memorizing or learning one specific specialty. Instead, it’s about developing a whole person. In today’s world the love of learning, the capacity to think critically and to adapt to changing circumstances are more important than the depth of the knowledge in one subject”.

Sonata N. Coulter, US Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan expressed her gratitude in having the opportunity to share this special day with the students of AUCA.

“In addition to honoring your achievements we also need to recognize your team of supporters. Your families and friends provided endless support during your long nights of studies, internship applications, exams.
Your AUCA professors and staff guided you through your years of studying, pushing you to achieve more that you may have thought possible. Don’t forget to thank and maybe give a hug to all those who made this day possible. Seated beside you are the countries’ future leaders, education leaders, government ministers and startup founders. Whether you become a journalist or diplomat, an engineer or a teacher you all have one crucial thing in common - the ability to think critically and solve problems. Your education has prepared you all to be leaders in your chosen paths.
This is both a privilege and responsibility. I hope you will take it seriously. I wish you all the best, as you embark on your next journey. Congratulations!

Edil Baisalov was presented with a letter of gratitude from the President of AUCA.

Hillary Clinton's letter to AUCA alumni was read by Zarlash Sarmast, AUCA Global Fellows Program Coordinator.

The AUCA Academic Senate awarded the following awards:

- for outstanding achievements in teaching - to the teacher of the Faculty of International Comparative Politics Görkem Atsungur

- for outstanding achievements in teaching - to the teacher of the faculty "Jurisprudence" Elida Nogoibaeva;

- for outstanding achievements in teaching - to the teacher of the Faculty of Psychology Mohira Suyarkulova;

- for the best thesis - Aidai Iskenderova, Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Informatics

- the best graduation project in art - Farzona Davlatmurodova, Faculty of Film, Television and Media Arts

- the best thesis among the masters of social sciences – Aybeku Akchokoev

- the best thesis among masters of law, business, finance and management - Kamil Kadyrova.

The head of the development office, Bermet Tursunkulova, presented the Hero Alumni awards to Almazbek Suyunbekov, a graduate of the Faculty of Business Administration 2017, for 2022 and Aigerim Sariyeva, a graduate of the Faculty of Psychology, 2013, for 2021.

After presentation of diplomas to the graduates, Pavel Ges, graduate of "Software Engineering" program was awarded as a Valedictorian 2022 and gave his speech to the entire class.



The American University of Central Asia was founded in 1993 as a Kyrgyz-American faculty at the Kyrgyz State National University. In 1997, the faculty was transformed into the American University in Kyrgyzstan, and since 2004 - the American University in Central Asia.

AUCA is the first university in Central Asia to teach in the American liberal arts education system. It is ranked among the top ten universities in Central Asia according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings. The study programs are accredited in the USA in partnership with Bard College. AUCA graduates receive two diplomas at once: the Kyrgyz state standard, and a diploma accredited in the United States.                        

The academic training program is conducted in 15 undergraduate and 10 graduate majors.

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