DOHA: Texas A&M University at Qatar graduated more than 100 engineers at its spring commencement exercise yesterday at the Qatar National Convention Centre. The ceremony celebrated the university’s new spring graduates with approximately 105 degrees across four engineering graduates and its chemical engineering graduate programme. The event featured guest speaker H E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees at Qatar Museum Authority.
These graduates mark an achievement for the university of over 500 degrees awarded since Texas A&M at Qatar’s inception.
During the celebration, the university acknowledged its comprehensive growth from its inaugural class of 29 students in 2003, to one that boasts more than 510 current students, as well as a graduate programme and more than $159m in research.
Dr Mark H Weichold, Texas A&M at Qatar Dean and CEO, acknowledged the graduates who are well prepared to become Qatar’s future leaders, saying, “I am honored to recognize the Class of 2014. Texas A&M at Qatar graduates are the most visible example of our success and we join them in celebrating tonight’s achievement. They are a unique class for Texas A&M at Qatar, as they represent our first graduating class of Texas A&M at Qatar’s second decade of operations at Education City. Their accomplishments have certainly helped make Texas A&M at Qatar the development success story and community partner that we see today. As these graduates go forward to new and exciting challenges, I would like to remind them to dedicate themselves to lifelong learning and strive to accomplish something they can be proud of and that contributes to the greater good. Aggies are leaders of character and I hope they never forget that.”
In her remarks Sheikha Al Mayassa said: “It takes effort, it takes focus, it takes dedication and it takes determination. So be innovative… be brave… be bold, and most of all, be true to who you are. You may falter you may fall — expect and accept that. But you must promise me you will always get up again. Never give up. Keep trying until you reach your goal. Qatar is counting on you. I am counting on you. Let’s make this place greater than great.”
Recognised for her pioneering role in the fields of culture, education and outreach, Sheikha Al Mayassa gave the commencement’s keynote address at the ceremony. With her progressive involvement in the nation’s mission to become the Middle East’s foremost destination for the arts and culture, Sheikha Al Mayassa addressed the university’s graduating class, hoping to inspire each of them to become a leader in his or her own field.The Peninsula