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More than 1,200 Qatar University (QU) students – the vast majority of them women – are celebrating after they graduated over two days of ceremonies held at the Qatar National Convention Center.
Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani was the guest of honor at the male students’ graduation on Tuesday, while his sister Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice Chairperson of the Supreme Education Council, attended the female students’ ceremony yesterday.
This year’s commencements were moved forward to May because Ramadan begins next month, and were for students who graduated throughout the past academic year (2013-14), QU said in a statement.
Women make up the majority of the student body at QU and 989 female students received their degrees from QU President Prof. Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad, with 28 of them honored for achieving a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 and above, which translates into at least an A- average.
Some 280 male students were awarded their certificates in the presence of Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, and the Emir recognized the 32 students who earned a GPA of 3.5 and above.
This year’s ceremonies were among the largest in recent years at QU. Some 200 more students graduated this week, compared to in 2013, when 1,071 QU students celebrated their commencement.
Using the hashtag #QUGrad14, Twitter buzzed with congratulatory messages to the new Class of 2014.
With a Bachelor in my hands, I am officially a journalist #QuGrad14
— غدي أبونائب★ (@Ghadi_ao) May 21, 2014
— هَاجرّ هِشَام (@HagarHisham2) May 21, 2014
I’m so excited about the graduation ceremony. It feels like Eid. #QUGrad14
— Amna (@amnalkaabi_) May 20, 2014
— The CoffeeBean Qatar (@coffeebeanqatar) May 20, 2014
In total, 1,125 students graduated with a Bachelors degree, 121 with a Masters, 15 students received diplomas in education and there were eight PhD students, who were all female.
QU’s largest college, the College of Arts & Sciences, graduated the most undergraduate students – 394 in total.
The College of Engineering honored the largest number of Masters students, with 42 receiving their MSc.
The first student to graduate from the College of Pharmacy’s MSc program was also honored.
Amna Al Khalfan, from the College of Law, was the valedictorian for the female students. Thanking families and academic staff and congratulating her peers, she said:
“We’ve waited for this day, endured ups and downs, and today we close this chapter in our lives and are prepared for the next phase towards a bright future.”
College of Engineering’s Faisal Hamad Shafia spoke for the male students, encouraging them to “strive for excellence in every aspect of your lives.”
Al-Misnad praised the students for their hard work and dedication throughout the years, saying:
“Qatar University continues to ensure that its academic and research environment is of a standard and quality that enriches students’ lives and motivates them to strive for excellence.
We value the importance of the student experience and spare no effort to provide them with opportunities in the classroom and in the real world to prepare them for any future endeavor.”
Congrats, all! Thoughts?