NU-Q to celebrate graduation ceremony in new building
April 26 2017 08:50 PM
NU-Q's new building in Education City.


Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) will celebrate its sixth graduation ceremony on April 30 with the largest graduating class to date.
“This year’s graduation marks a unique milestone for NU-Q, as it is the first to take place in our new building in Education City,” said Everette E. Dennis, dean and CEO. 
"It is a new chapter for NU-Q, and we are proud to see our network growing to include 47 new alumni this year,” he explained.
A delegation of 35 representatives from Northwestern’s home campus in the US, including president Morton Schapiro, provost Daniel Linzer, and several deans and vice presidents will join the ceremony.
At a presidential awards luncheon on the same day, graduating seniors will be recognised in several categories including academic honours and leadership.
During their time as undergraduates, the Class of 2017 students produced a total of 566 works, including 73 short films, 61 multimedia projects, 288 articles, 28 documentaries, 104 research projects, and 12 scripts. Some student films were featured at Cannes Short Film Corner 2016, HBKU Takreem Awards 2014, and Zayed University Middle East Film Festival, and several received awards for their work.
Graduating students also completed internships with establishments such as Al Jazeera, VICE media, The Boston Globe, National Geographic, Blue Rubicon, and Grayling. 
The student speaker will be Reem Saad, and the graduation speaker is Derek Thompson, a Northwestern alumnus and best-selling author. A senior editor at The Atlantic, Thompson has been described as one of the brightest new voices in American journalism.
Meanwhile, NU-Q is preparing to dedicate its new building with a series of events. On May 1, NU-Q will host a symposium - Shaping Our Future – featuring a series of conversations, discussion panels, and a showcase of student research and short films and documentaries. The symposium is open to the public. Prior to the symposium – beginning at 8.30am, NU-Q will provide tours of its new building.
The symposium, which will begin at 10am, will commence with dean and CEO Dennis joining with the architect Antoine Predock to discuss the building.
The session – A New Home for Northwestern in Qatar: A Conversation with Antoine Predock – will address the conceptualisation process of the new building and the architect’s ambition in its design. 
The ensuing panel discussion – Pushing the Boundaries: Making the Building Work for Us— will explore NU-Q’s numerous technology features and cutting-edge facilities.
The session is moderated by Banu Akdenizli, associate professor, and will include panelists: Scott Curtis, director of the Communication Programme and associate professor; Geoffrey Cannaby, director of production and digital media services; and NU-Q alumna Rawda al-Thani, film programming assistant at Doha Film Institute. 
The third session will be NU-QF Partnership: Fostering Freedom and Respecting Cultures —featuring graduation speaker Thomspon and NU-Q alums Ismaeel Naar, Najwa al-Thani, and Ibrahim al-Hashm to discuss the evolving media landscape in the region, and across the globe.
The panel will be moderated by Craig LaMay, associate professor in the Journalism and Strategic Communication Programme.

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