HH the Amir, HH Sheikha Moza grace QF Convocation 2019
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation (QF) attended QF’s annual convocation ceremony last night which saw as many as 787 students graduate from nine universities.
His Excellency the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation, and HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, President of Qatar Olympic Committee, also participated in the event that took place in Education City's Ceremonial Court. A number of ministers and dignitaries, university deans, faculty, and family members were also in attendance at the ceremony.
سعدت بحضوري حفل تخريج دفعة جديدة من جامعات المدينة التعليمية، ونتطلّع كلّ عام إلى تلك الأفواج النوعية من خريجي هذا الصّرح من شباب الوطن ومقيميه ومنتسبيه من الخارج في سعينا في تكوين منارة لنهضة قطر والعرب والعالم pic.twitter.com/y3JsSwO4fB— تميم بن حمد (@TamimBinHamad) May 7, 2019
The graduating batch included 378 Qataris and 409 non-Qataris. Among these, 484 were female graduates and 303 were males, representing 70 different nationalities.
With the graduation of the Class of 2019 QF’s growing global alumni network has now reached more than 5,000 members with graduates in fields such as medicine, engineering, art and design, computer science, law, communication, and Islamic studies.
“For our Class of 2019 graduates, Convocation is many things: a personal and shared celebration, a source of pride, and a time to reflect on their achievements and experiences at Education City. It is a culmination – but it is also a beginning,” HE Sheikha Hind underlined at the ceremony.
This is the time when “the talented, dedicated, and ambitious young people that Qatar Foundation is proud to have called our students step out of one phase of their lives and into the next,” she said adding that the future “holds challenges and possibilities await them, but wherever their path leads, they will travel it, empowered by the knowledge that they are as well-equipped to create, innovate, contribute, and thrive as any set of graduates in the world.”
Our graduates are presented with a ring by HE Sheikha Hind. This is a memento of their time spent at #EducationCity, the friends they made and the memories they shared #QFConvocation pic.twitter.com/lAYdbWFAlc— Qatar Foundation (@QF) May 7, 2019
She further said, “as embodiments of QF’s belief in what quality education stands for, and what it makes possible, they [the graduates] will always be part of our story – and we will watch with pride as they write their own.”
The ceremony kicked off with students from Qatar Leadership Academy – a school under the umbrella of QF’s Pre-University Education – perform the Qatar national anthem. This was followed by the City of Knowledge, the alma mater song of Qatar Foundation, which is sung by its graduates every year at Convocation.
Photo credit: Twitter/ Qatar Foundation official page
Brandon Stanton, author of ‘Humans of New York,’ a photo blog and book chronicling the lives of people in the Big Apple, was the keynote speaker at QF Convocation 2019.
In his address, Stanton urged the new graduates to focus on the things in life that only they have the power to influence and command.
“The modern world has trained us to judge all our efforts by the immediate feedback that they get, but the more sustainable and more sturdy path to success is to forget about those things that are outside your control, and focus on the things that you can control – the amount of work that you put in, and what you do on a 24-hour basis with your time,” he highlighted.
Photo credit: Twitter/ Qatar Foundation official page
The success of Humans of New York is nothing that Stanton originally intended, he said. “All I focused on was going out and photographing every single day – and I did that thousands of days in a row. Through focusing on the work, and ignoring what people were saying about it, I was able to innovate and slowly build something that was beyond my wildest dreams.”
Following Stanton’s address, the winner of Cycle 2 of QF’s Akhlaquna Award (an initiative announced by Sheikha Moza in 2017 to help nurture positive behavioral change within society) was announced.
Photo credit: Gulf Times
Winning project ‘Mobsron’ is a mobile app that assists visually impaired and blind individuals to order food, review ingredients, and compare prices. Students Nawal Al-Kurbi, Almazun Al-Marri, and Amal Al-Gherainig are the masterminds behind this invention and were recognized with the award during the event.
A film with testimonies from some of the graduates was screened at the ceremony before.
Conclusively, each graduate walked through the ‘Door to the Future’, a long-standing QF tradition that signifies students entering a new stage in their lives.
Since 2008, Convocation has been a platform to collectively celebrate the graduation of students from QF member Hamad Bin Khalifa University, and QF partner universities Texas A&M University at Qatar, Northwestern University in Qatar, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar, Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Georgetown University in Qatar, UCL Qatar, and HEC Paris in Qatar.
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