While Americans celebrated a holiday, some Armenians were hard at work. Specifically, second year students at the Gyumri Information Technology Center publicly defended their diploma thesis projects. These capstone works in hardware and software development demonstrated that each student had mastered their respective two year curriculum's. Thesis supervisors, visiting professors, and the school's administration deliberated after the public presentations to assign grades according to published standards institutionalized for the first time this year.
For a look-see at what the proceedings were like, go look at our partner's photo gallery page and check out the Thesis Defense 2009 gallery.
These students will be graduating in a formal ceremony on July 18, 2009. Dr. Aram Hajian, Dean of the Computer Information Systems department at the American University of Armenia, will be the keynote speaker. Check this blog for a gallery of that event soon after that date.