The 85th Anniversary Jubilee of the Armenian Evangelical College was commemorated at the UNESCO Palace in Beirut, on October 19, 2008, followed by a reception offered by Mr. Raffy Manoukian.
Hearty Congratulations on the 85th Anniversary of the Armenian Evangelical College. I realize we owe a debt of gratitude to quite a few people from the founders to the principals and teachers that have served the school for 85 years, however, I for one believe that you have been the key person in sustaining the school for the last third of its long and productive age.
Congratulations to you, the teachers and students, the board of directors and community for a job very well done.
Dear Dr. Messerlian:
I remember celebrating the 40th anniversary when I was attending the AEC, and I thought it was a big achievement then.
The 85th Anniversary is even a bigger achievement, considering the circumstances under which the school has not only survived, but excelled.
I am very impressed with the testimony I heard from a professional educator that was researching Armenian Schools in Beirut, stating that our school had the best leadership, inspiring students to achieve higher goals.
I read the three student magazines published by the English Club, the Armenian Club and History Club at the end of last scholastic year, and was impressed with the depth and style I found in some of the articles written by students in these magazines.
I agree with Ohan about the contribution this school has given to the Lebanese Armenian community in particular, and to the whole Armenian community in general, when its graduates have dispersed all over the world.
Myself, and I am sure all the graduates of AEC, are all thankful to have had the exemplary education and discipline we have been nurtured with at the AEC, combining our Armenian heritage, together with our spiritual awareness. This stays with us throughout our lives.
We are thankful to all people who have served the school in various capacities, and wish to live to see the 100th anniversary!
It was very thoughtful of you to invite us to attend the 85th Anniversary celebration of the Armenian Evangelical College, our beloved High School.
I attended A.E.C. for three years having been accepted by Mr. Hagop Kasparian, on the condition that I repeat my class. I had graduated from St. Nishan where I was a student since kindergarten. After A.E.C. I attended AUB for an incredible 8 years and then St. John's University for good many years. However, the friendships that I forged, the memories I carry of my scholastic years are more confined to those three years at A.E.C. than to any of the others. An incredible array of personalities in and out of the classrooms shaped us in many ways and gave us a lingering purpose, drive and bond.
I wish you all a well deserved enjoyment of the day.
Vahe H. Apelian
Dear Baron Dnoren,
Heartfelt congratulations on the 85th anniversary of our beloved "kaghaki High School". All of us who've been fortunate to attend it, owe a great debt of gratitude to all the educators and specially to you for shaping the "Hye" and the "Mart" in us. The values that you've instilled in us are our greatest assets and make us proud.
The fact that for almost half of those 85 years you've been at the helm, despite all that Lebanon has gone through, proves that you are a man of great determination, vision and dedication.We admire you and will continue to support your endeavors.
On October 19th we'll be with you in spirit.
Harut Der Tavitian
Dear Dnoren Zaven
On behalf of the Class of 1962, I congratulate you, your faculty,your Board of Directors, your alumni and the the First Armenian Evangelical Church on this anniversary. You have kept the doors of this school open in spite of 15 years of civil war, decades of terrible economic conditions and a dwindling Armenian population in Beirut. The AEC is the only secondary Armenian High School left in West Beirut, which clearly indicates the school's confidence and faith in all Lebanese people regardless of their background and origin.
Our student years at AEC instilled in us moral values and character that acted as a compass to guide us all through our lives. We will always cherish those years and support the school so that new generations of Armenian youth can have the same chance.
Dear baron Zaven, the school is an inseparable part of your life. Through your stupendous efforts, your steadfastness, zeal and faith we have achieved this milestone. We salute you and all the present and past teachers, alumni and supporters of the school and commit ourselves to make sure the school continues to be a lighthouse for the Armenian community in Lebanon for many years to come.
George H. Aynilian
Thank you for writing to me. I remembered the old good days of Aleppo, our family friendship, our church services and youth activities. As to the 85Th anniversary of the college, i think it is a great day not only for the Evangelicals, for the college alumni, but for all the Armenian nations. The alumni is serving mankind in many countries of the world. The college has given genuine Christian education. I have already written to Dr. Z. Messerlian, who has dedicated all his life to the cause of the college and the nation. With best memories and love,
Dr. Gevork Kherlopiabn
Dear Dr. Messerlian:
I thank you for your e-mail message regarding the 85th anniversary commemoration of our Yeprem and Martha Philibosian Armenian Evangelical College.
Our faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, our Armenian Evangelical Church, our Armenian Evangelical Community, our beloved High School, our beloved noble Armenian people, and all our Armenian Evangelical institutions and organizations worldwide have a very special place in my heart.
I pray that our First Armenian Evangelical Church in Beirut and our beloved High School may continue to provide the noble spiritual leadership and guidance to bring our future generations to Christ Jesus.
On behalf of my family and my siblings I congratulate you all on this joyous 85th anniversary occasion.
May our Lord Jesus Christ bless you all abundantly with His love, peace, compassion, and eternal presence.
Hratch Zenas Ilanjian
Dear Baron Dnoren:
Congratulations on the 85th anniversary of our dear school. As I look back, I thank God for the education AEC offered us. In spite of the war going on around us, we were given the chance to get the best education.
I am very grateful for all I have received and wish the school many more years.
Sevan Karjian Balabanian