The 3rd Annual Ohio Somali
Graduation: June 23, 2012
The 2nd Annual Ohio Somali
Graduation: June 24, 2011
The 1st Annual Ohio Somali
Graduation: July 10, 2010
|THE ANNUAL OHIO SOMALI GRADUATION PROGRAM
SomaliCAN Event Photos:
Somali Education Minister Joins SomaliCAN in Honoring Graduates
in Ohio- June 24, 2011- 6:00pm-10:00pm, Hilton Columbus at
SomaliCAN- Somalia’s Minister for Education, Heritage & Higher Education, Dr. Abdinur Mohamud honored hundreds of
Somali students who graduated from Ohio high schools and colleges at the Second Annual Ohio Somali Graduation
Ceremony held at the Ballroom of the Hilton Hotel in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Jibril Mohamed, President of SomaliCAN and
Mr. Sahid Ali, ESL Coordinator for Columbus Schools were the Masters of Ceremony for the program.
The event is organized annually by SomaliCAN, an outreach and advocacy organization based in Ohio and the Somali
Education Association, a resource education for educators, parents, and students in the United States. Six of the
graduates were awarded scholarships by the Law Office of Russell Flickinger while two more scholarships were
awarded by the Ohio State University-Marion.
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, Columbus Schools Superintendent Dr. Gene Harris, the leadership of Westerville
Schools, representatives from the Ohio State University, Columbus State Community College, and local, county, state,
and federal government representatives participated in the event to recognize the academic achievement of Somali
Presidential Service Awards from the White House were presented to two educators- Mr. Sahid Ali of the Columbus City
Schools, and Abdikarim Gole who teaches the Somali languages at the Ohio State University. The Presidential Award is
the highest honor given to American Citizens who show exceptional commitment to service and bears the signature of
the United States President, Barack Obama.
Renowned Somali leaders who spoke to the graduates included Ali Mire Awale, the composer of the Somali National
Anthem, Dr. Abdisalan Sheikh Hussein, former Minister for Higher Education in Somalia as well as his deputy, Dr.
Education Minister Dr. Abdinur Sheikh Mohamed emphasized the importance of education and encouraged graduates
to sustain their effort until they attain higher education. “It takes two educated parents to raise a functioning family in
America” he said. The minister traveled from Somalia in order to show his support for more than 300 Somali students
who graduated from Ohio schools and colleges in 2011.
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by the President of
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on October 6,