Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q), a Qatar Foundation partner university, held an online event to celebrate the Class of 2020 with 86 graduates recently.
It is the tradition at CMU-Q to hold a formal graduation ceremony where the students receive their diplomas. Due to the the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic restrictions, CMU-Q has found creative ways to mark the occasion.
Graduates will have the formal conferral of their degrees at a virtual ceremony from the main Carnegie Mellon campus in Pittsburgh. When restrictions ease and it is safe to do so, CMU-Q will hold a formal event to celebrate the class.
The virtual event drew more than 450 views from around the world as friends, families and members of the CMU-Q community logged in to support and recognise the class.
Michael Trick, dean of CMU-Q, noted that in the small campus community, the faculty, staff, students and alumni get to know each graduating class very well. “We have watched them grow over the last four years, and they in turn have been excellent role models for the students that come after them. I am very proud of these exceptional young men and women.”
At the virtual gathering, Trick outlined how the CMU-Q community embraces tough obstacles. “At Carnegie Mellon, we look at a problem as a challenge. We are creative, collaborative, practical, and optimistic. This virtual celebration is our way of recognising how important the Class of 2020 is to our entire community,” he added.
After the event, more than 100 people from the Class of 2020 and the CMU-Q community joined a virtual gathering to chat, share memories and connect.
The Class of 2020 represents each of the five programmes of study at CMU-Q: biological sciences, business administration, computational biology, computer science and information systems. There are 19 nationalities represented in the Class of 2020, and 47% are Qatari citizens.
The Class of 2020 is particularly distinguished, with 16 students from all five academic programmes completing a senior honours thesis. More than half of the students have been involved in community outreach during their time at CMU-Q, and nearly two-thirds have studied abroad.
This is the 13th graduating class from CMU-Q and including the Class of 2020, the total number of CMU-Q alumni is more than 900.
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