For Mohamad Doghman and his family, the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) has become “a second home.”
UNO is where a 21-year-old Doghman came to continue his college career and learn English after civil war broke out in his home country of Lebanon. And it’s where he returned to earn his Executive MBA in 2005.
It’s also where his two daughters, Maya and Sara, graduated from college.
So when Doghman was honored Thursday, May 10, with the university’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the College of Business Administration, it was extra special.
“I’m so honored and so grateful for this honor, especially coming from UNO,” he said in his acceptance speech.
Doghman was one of four people honored with the award at the ceremony and one of only 105 people ever honored out of more than 20,000 graduates from UNO’s business college.
“UNO has changed my life and definitely for the better,” he said.
Afterwards, Doghman said he’d been to a number of universities but since this is where he started, he feels closest to the university. He also felt honored that OPPD’s entire senior management team and several OPPD Board of Directors were there for the ceremony.
“It shows them living their core values, showing how they care.”
Doghman said he never dreamed he’d be honored after his long career like he was by UNO but said it is proof that hard work pays off. He said it felt like he was coming “full circle” as UNO was where he came when he left Lebanon.
Doghman wasn’t the only OPPD employee recently honored by OPPD. John Buckley, director of Integrated Work Management, received UNO’s College of Business Administration 2018 Alumni Award of Excellence.