Syracuse University

Reception in Riyadh Attended by Admitted Students, Parents and Alumni

Syracuse University recently hosted a reception in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for students from the Gulf who have been granted admission for the fall semester. Many alumni from the region also attended and were happy to share their experiences at Syracuse with the incoming students and their families.

Representing the Al Agil family, who hosted the event at its Ammariyah Farm in Riyadh, was Mohammed Abdullah Al Agil of Jarir Investment. Mohammed (third from the left in the above photo with other SU alumni, admitted students and parents) is one of eight Syracuse University alumni from the Al Agil family. He received his degree from Syracuse in 2001. 

In attendance from Syracuse University were Jim O'Connor, executive director of Middle East advancement and external affairs, and Hasan Shaikh, regional director of Middle East advancement and external affairs and alumnus of Syracuse University's iSchool. Karen Bass, director of international undergraduate admissions, was also available via videoconference.

Given the growing number of Syracuse University applicants from the Gulf--a record 150 this year--these such events, which are modeled much like ones held in the United States, are becoming increasingly more important. "The students, alumni and parents come together with one commonality among them--their affiliation with Syracuse University," shared Shaikh. "The students found the reception very beneficial both in information and reassurance as they plan for the pursuit of an education outside of their home country." 

The admitted students were able to meet and spend time with peers who will also be attending Syracuse. Their families connected through conversations regarding their imminent shared journey. Alumni gave an insider perspective of the academic atmosphere as well as the wealth of cultural and social opportunities available at the university and within its community.

"The reception offered alumni the chance to share their experiences with young adults who are about to embark on the same voyage from which they recently returned," added Shaikh. "These reflections go a long way in painting a picture of the university for incoming students who will soon traverse the globe to study at Syracuse."