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Somali Education Minister to Honor Somali Graduates in Ohio

Published: 24 June 2011

Kn:SomaliCAN is pleased to invite all 2011 Somali graduates in Ohio to join the Somali community in the most prominent Somali event in Ohio celebrating the academic achievement of Somali American high school and university graduates. The Second Annual Ohio Somali Graduation Program will be held on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 5:00pm-10:00pm Hilton Columbus at Easton 3900 Chagrin Drive.


The graduation will bring together hundreds of students, parents, professionals and leaders from the state of Ohio as well as from Somalia. The keynote speaker at the event is Dr. Abdinur Mohamud, the current Minister for Education, Heritage, and Higher Education for the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia who arrived from Mogadishu to honor Somali graduates in Ohio. Invited dignitaries include Ohio Governor John Kasich, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, Columbus Schools Superintendent Dr. Gene Harris; Westerville Schools Superintendent Dan Good, Southwestern Schools Superintendent Bill Wise, Governorís Director of Minority Affairs Lynn Stevens, representatives from the Ohio State University, Ohio University, Columbus State, Denison University, Capital University, Franklin University, Ohio Department of Education, and other county, state and state officials. Somali community leaders and educators including the first African man to receive a PhD from Princeton University and former Ministers will be honored at the event. In addition to financial scholarships, Presidential Service Awards will be conferred on members of the Somali-American community in recognition of their contributions to the community. Last year, the event attracted media coverage by the Associated Press, BBC, Voice of America, Columbus Dispatch, NBC4, Cleveland.com and other local and international media.


Somali graduates in Ohio, their parents, and friends are cordially invited to witness this beautiful celebration of education excellence by the Somali American community. Should you need more information about the event, please do not  hesitate to call 614-489-9226 or send an e-mail to jibril@SomaliCAN.org.


We look forward to seeing you on June 24, 2011 at 5pm at Hilton Columbus at Easton 3900 Chagrin Drive.


KismaayoNews.com


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