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Press Release (May 2, 2017)

Virginia International University hosts 12th annual commencement ceremony with keynote speaker, Ahmed R. Ali

On Saturday, May 6th, Virginia International University (VIU) is hosting their 12th annual graduation commencement ceremony, at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, celebrating the accomplishments of 484 students from around the globe. VIU’s President, Dr. Isa Sarac, will preside over the ceremony beginning at 2 p.m.

VIU is proud to announce this year’s keynote commencement speaker, Mr. Ahmed R. Ali, founder and President of TISTA Science and Technology Corporation. A former U.S. Navy serviceman, Ali, has over 25 years of military, federal government, and civilian experience in the fields of engineering, information technology, cybersecurity, and project management.

Since its founding in 2005, TITSA has developed into a leading provider of innovative technologies and mission critical solutions to the federal government and various commercial entities. TISTA is a reputable Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), focusing on the Cybersecurity and Health IT sectors within the federal government, state and local governments, and commercial sectors.

TISTA has been recognized as an Inc. 500/5000 company for the past several years, and was recognized by the Washington Technology FAST 50 as one of the fastest growing small businesses in government contracting. Ali was also selected as the 2016 Small Business Administration (SBA) Person of the Year for the State of Maryland.

Virginia International University will once again live-stream the commencement ceremony on the web. Live-streaming allows family and friends to view the ceremony in real time from anywhere in the world.

Virginia International University (VIU) is a non-profit institution in Fairfax, Virginia with the goal of making quality education affordable to students with diverse backgrounds. VIU offers over 20 cutting edge degree and certificate programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels on campus and online. VIU also offers non-degree programs including continuing education, and test preparation. For more information about VIU, call (703) 591-7042 or (800) 514-6848 or visit the University web site,