Northwestern University in Qatar welcomed its largest class to date at a colorful ceremony at the Opera House at Katara Cultural Village recently. With the administration and staff in full academic regalia, 65 new freshmen students were inducted into the school. This also includes the largest number of Qataris as the school begins its seventh year.
The ceremony, which heralded in the start of the school year, is the culmination of NU-Q’s Wildcat Welcome Week — an orientation program for incoming students to learn about academic and community expectations, forge friendships and meet the mentors who will serve as critical resources through the next four years.
In the presence of their families, friends, alumni and members of NU-Q staff, the Class of 2018 was welcomed by NU-Q Dean and CEO Everette E Dennis, who praised Qatar’s Vision 2030 for recognizing the “importance of communication, journalism and media studies,” which is the university’s mandate.
He noted that the evening’s celebration of “learning and the advancement of knowledge, comes at a troubled time in this region and in other points of conflict on the globe,” but argued that such recent and longstanding problems “benefit from the virtues of education, as well as free and open discourse with respect and tolerance for others.”
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