The University of Buckingham held a memorial event on 30th May 2018 to commemorate the life of its alumnus, Rami Makhzoumi. Rami spent a happy and productive 2 years at Buckingham and graduated in 1998 with a degree in Business Studies.
Attending the event were several of Rami’s childhood friends along with University staff and alumni. The event included a reading by University Vice-Chancellor Sir Anthony Seldon. A Lebanese cedar tree was planted in University grounds as a lasting tribute to Rami’s life. A memorial bench dedicated to Rami was unveiled and placed close to the tree.
Saif Alwan, one of Rami’s childhood friends attending the event said, “it is testament to how much Rami means to all of us that his friends will gather whenever the opportunity arises to remember him and celebrate his life. Our love for our absent friend never fades.”
He continued, “Rami was extremely proud of his Lebanese heritage but also of being raised in England, so planting this Lebanese cedar on English soil is a perfect tribute to his life. He was also a devout Muslim so doing this during the holy month of Ramadan is very symbolic. Sir Anthony and the alumni team, thank you for what you have done today. It means a lot to Rami’s family, his friends and all the people in his life.”