Helwan University has celebrated the graduation of the 2018 class of the Martyr Marina Fahim, who graduated from the Faculty of Commerce. Ms Fahim was among the students of that class but lost her life when a suicide bomber blew himself up at al-Boutrissiya Church in Cairo on 11 December 2016; she was among the congregation attending Mass that day. The blast claimed 28 lives. Helwan University President, Maged Negm, decided to name the class after Marina Fahim.
The graduation ceremony was held at al-Hanager Theatre at the Cairo Opera House. The guest speaker was Marina’s Father.
“I would like to congratulate all my sons and daughters graduating today,” he said. “I am happy to see you start new lives, and am sure you’ll make Egypt proud of you. I ask you to work faithfully and hard, because that’s what Egypt needs. Your effort can make Egypt the best country in the world.”
Dr Negm invited Anba Pola, Bishop of Tanta, to the ceremony. “How happy I am to be among you today, among sons and daughters to me,” Anba Pola said. “You should be proud that you are among Helwan University graduates.”
Finally, Dr Negm handed the graduates their certificates and, to resounding applause, handed Marina’s parents the university shield. Many of the graduates then joined Marina’s parents for selfies and photographs.
23 September 2018