Qatar University (QU) has hosted a series of graduation ceremonies for female students of eight colleges over the course of a week.
The ceremonies were held for the College of Education (CED), College of Business and Economics (CBE), College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), College of Engineering (CENG), College of Sharia and Islamic Studies (CSIS), College of Law (LAWC), College of Health Sciences (CHS) and the College of Pharmacy (CPH).
The individual graduation ceremonies took place from October 9, over a week, at the Sports & Events Complex of QU and celebrated the 42nd batch of students. Since the university was founded in 1977, the graduation ceremony aims to celebrate students graduating from bachelor and postgraduate degrees.
Some of the College of Arts and Sciences graduates
College of Law graduates celebrate
College of Education graduates (above), College of Engineering graduates (below)
On October 7, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani attended the graduation ceremony for all male students, while Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Hamad bin Suhaim al-Thani, wife of His Highness the Amir, honoured distinguished female students the following day.
The first of the individual college ceremonies was for the College of Education, which took place on October 9. Previous QU president Prof Sheikha Abdulla al-Misnad was the guest of honour at the event and addressed the hall, which included HE Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim al-Thani, current QU president Dr Hassan Rashid al-Derham, CED dean Dr Ahmed al-Emadi, 370 of the college’s female graduating class, dignitaries, faculty and student family and peers.
She said, “This happy occasion is not only a celebration of your achievements and efforts during the academic period, but it is also the start of a new journey, where you must depend on yourself, where you must accept new responsibilities and engage in professional experiences in a new phase of your life.”
The next day (October 10) marked the graduation ceremony of the College of Business and Economics, where HE Sheikh Faisal was the guest of honour. A total of 567 graduates were honoured that day in the presence of dean of CBE, Prof Adam Mohamed Ali Fadlalla, dignitaries, QU officials, faculty and student family and peers.
HE Sheikh Faisal thanked university officials for extending an invitation and addressed the guests, saying: “I am very happy to be here, among academics and students. I find my presence here, among you, a kind of personal tribute to me and in this speech I want to tell you that in my career I have succeeded in things, and failed in others. I learned from all the experiences in my life and sought to achieve success.”
On October 12, 834 students from the College of Arts and Sciences were honoured at their graduation ceremony in the presence of Dr al-Derham, CAS dean Prof Ibrahim AlKaabi, QU officials, faculty, family and peers.
Prof AlKaabi addressed the graduates, saying: “I hope you will never stop learning. Science and knowledge are valuable in and of themselves, regardless of graduation and its requirements, regardless of your career and regardless of life and its burdens.”
The following day (October 13) marked the graduation ceremony for the College of Engineering, where 260 graduates received their diplomas. A number of dignitaries and officials attended the ceremony, including the guest of honour, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education Dr Ibrahim bin Saleh al-Nuaimi, CENG dean Dr Khalid Kamal Naji and Dr al-Derham.
Dr al-Nuaimi spoke at the event, saying: “Through its mission, the college is keen to provide quality engineering education that contributes to the realisation of Qatar National Vision 2030. The college works to ensure that its graduates are highly knowledgeable and responsible and contribute effectively to serving the nation and the vision of attaining a knowledge-based economy.”
The graduation ceremony for the College of Sharia and Islamic Studies took place on October 14, where 95 graduates were celebrated. CSIS dean Dr Ibrahim al-Ansari and Dr al-Derham, as well as a number of QU officials, faculty, student family and peers attended the ceremony.
Dr al-Ansari said, “Our college strives to be known regionally and internationally for its excellence in Islamic and Sharia studies, academic research, community service and an authentic approach. We aspire to be a reliable reference for Arab-Islamic identity and present Islam in an actual and positive light. We aim to promote co-existence and dialogue with others.”
On October 15, QU graduated 183 students from LAWC in the presence of Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre CEO Faisal Rashid al-Sahouti, who was a guest of honour, QU president Dr al-Derham and a number of QU officials, faculty, student family and peers.
Al-Sahouti said, “I am pleased to be among you in this joyful ceremony in celebration of the QU College of Law graduates who have demonstrated a high level of efficiency and a distinguished level of legal knowledge. Today, we celebrate a new batch of promising law graduates who will no doubt be a building block in the legal field in Qatar.”
The week-long celebrations concluded on October 16 when the CPH, with 39 graduates, and the CHS, with 111 graduates (both members of the health cluster known as QU Health), jointly organised one graduation ceremony. Assistant Undersecretary for Shared Services at the Ministry of Public Health, Dr Abdulla al-Emadi, attended the event as a guest of honour, while the vice-president for Medical & Health Sciences and dean of the QU College of Medicine, Dr Egon Toft, also attended and gave a speech.
Dr Toft said, “Today’s graduates will contribute to refining the nation’s health needs and become an essential asset for the Health Strategy 2018-2022.”
This year’s graduating class includes some 3,220 students (2,468 female and 752 male) from a full academic year that encompasses Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019 and Summer 2019, QU has said in a statement.
As QU graduates its 42nd batch of graduates, the university "continues to chronicle a long history spanning decades in which it contributes heavily to Qatar’s development and prosperity, through boosting the labour market with qualified graduates," the statement notes.