NEASC Accreditation Celebration: Midday Celebration.
Not all the events of the recent Institutional Accreditation Celebration were entirely without jovial festivities. Amidst the thoughtful celebrations of the recent NEASC accreditation, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane also organized a Midday Celebration wherein students, faculty, and staff, accompanied by representatives of NEASC, took to the area outside of Building 3 in order to enjoy a bit of sun, make a little noise, and eat some cake.
When everyone arrived at the restaurants, a cake bearing the AUI logo and the NEASC emblem was brought out. Before the ceremonial cutting of the cake, Amina Benkhadra, a member of the National Rally of Independents Party, received the honour of cutting loose a number of balloons, a symbolic act meant to represent the culmination and conclusion of nine long years’ work.
Following the balloon release, the cake itself was cut. The inaugural slice was simultaneously cut by Drs. Driss Ouaouicha (President of AUI) and Barbara Brittingham (President of CIHE at NEASC), an act which represented the coming together of two institutions.
People present were also able to grab a slice before moving on to the next event. The Midday Celebration was live streamed by drone and is available for viewing by anyone with this link