Bethlehem – PNN – Bethlehem Bible College held a graduation ceremony to celebrate the students graduating from its biblical studies, tour guide and mass media programs Friday night.
Graduates, dignitaries, family and friends attended the ceremony
It was the 24th biblical studies, 7th tour guide and 4th mass media class to graduate from the college, which was founded in 1979 by local Palestinians and enrolls around 135 students.
Monika Hazboun, who was graduating from the tour guide program, said she chose Bethlehem Bible College because the classes were taught in English.
Hazboun, originally from Germany, has lived in Bethlehem for most of her life. “I hope to get a license-general for the whole country and take tourists and groups … all over the country,” she said.
Key attendees to the ceremony included the Palestinian minister of tourism, the Palestinian ambassador to France, the governor of Hebron, the mayor of Beit Jala, the president of the Evangelical Council of Churches and representatives from the military and local churches.
Reverend Alex Awad, the college’s dean of students, spoke about “three pillars:” knowledge, virtue and faith, in the keynote speech.
Salim Munayir, the head of reconciliation organization Musalaha, received a professorship during the ceremony for his academic achievement and contributions to bringing Israelis and Palestinians together.
“He’s an authority when it comes to reconciliation, in the world,” said Munther Isaac, a biblical studies lecturer at the college.