TROY to hold three commencements in Vietnam; record number of grads to receive diplomas

Posted: Wednesday, 07 September 2011

TROY—Troy University officials will travel to Asia this month to present a record number of diplomas to its students at three commencement ceremonies in Vietnam. The Asian trip will also include a stop in China and a meeting with Cambodian officials while in Vietnam.

Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, and Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, will join officials from three partner universities in Vietnam in ceremonies scheduled for Sept. 17 and Sept. 18 in Hanoi and Sept. 20 in Ho Chi Minh City.

Dr. Ingram said this year's classes total 128 graduates and represent the largest number of TROY graduates in Vietnam since the University began awarding degrees there in 2008.

On Sept. 17, Troy University and Hanoi University of Science and Technology will award baccalaureate degrees in computer science or business administration to 22 students.

On Sept. 18, 52 TROY students will receive diplomas at the University of Economics and Business—Vietnam National University in Hanoi. Seventeen students will receive baccalaureate degrees in business administration, 15 will receive the master's degree in business administration-finance and 20 will receive the master's degree in general business.

Fifty-four Troy University students will receive baccalaureate degrees in computer science or business administration on Sept. 20 at Saigon Technology University in Ho Chi Minh City.

In addition to its four Alabama campuses, Troy University operates teaching locations in 16. U.S. states and seven nations outside the United States. None of the sites outside Alabama receive state appropriations. TROY's involvement in Vietnam began in 2004 and in 2008 the University became the first U.S. institution of higher education to award baccalaureate degrees to students in Vietnam.

Prior to the Vietnam commencements, TROY officials will travel to Hebei in the People's Republic of China for a board meeting of the Confucius Institute. Troy University's Confucius Institute is part of a global network of more than 204 Confucius Institutes in 50 countries, and 56 Confucius Institutes currently in the United States. Troy University Confucius Institute is dedicated to the promotion and development of Chinese language education, and cultural and business exchange with the People's Republic of China.

University officials will conclude the trip with a meeting with officials from Pannasastra University of Cambodia. In 2008, the two universities entered into an agreement of cooperation that will allow for student and faculty exchange programs.