Qatar Academy Doha (QAD), part of Qatar Foundation's (QF) Pre-University Education, has held a graduation ceremony for its Class of 2019 at Qatar National Convention Centre.
The event celebrated the graduation of 92 students, including 46 Qataris, bringing the total number of QAD alumni up to more than 1,000. It was attended by members of QF’s leadership, PUE representatives, and QAD board members, as well as school administrators, faculty, and parents.
Mr. Cory Carson, Acting Director, QAD, addressed the graduates in his welcoming note, saying: “Tonight, we come together, on this most special of occasions, to honor the hard work and dedication that has resulted in another 100% graduation rate for our senior class.
“The success that has been achieved is undeniably the result of a team effort; dedication and resolution of our students, but also from you, our faculty and parents, who have all worked tirelessly to bring our seniors – your children – to this point in their academic careers. Thank you for all that you have done, and in many cases, all that you will continue to do, in order to support and challenge our graduates to become the best version of themselves that they can be.
“Take the legacy of what you have learned at QAD, carry with you into the future, and help transform our world.”
Sheikha Asma Al Thani, Director of Marketing and Communication at Qatar Olympic Committee, and one of QAD’s former students, addressed the students at the ceremony, saying: “I have been in your place in the past. I faced challenges, had dreams, and felt what you are feeling now. At that time, I was waiting for this moment – for graduation. Life has just begun for you. I thank God for giving me the ability to be who I am today. And I thank those who helped and supported me to stand before you today – my teachers, my family, and my friends.
The first Qatari woman to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as the first Qatari to ski to the last degree of the North Pole, Sheikha Asma stressed the need to persevere and efficiently manage time in order to achieve goals and ambitions, explaining that, through determination, dreams do come true. She concluded by wishing the graduates a successful future, noting that they are all part of Qatar’s renaissance.
This year’s valedictorian, Ziad Thamer Khattab, also addressed the audience, saying: “We have all achieved things worth being proud of — each and every person on this stage has a place in college, which is phenomenal.
“We've also endured disappointments, but, in the end, we pushed through them and we made it here! I think the key to that is to be honest with yourself about what you did right, what you did wrong, take responsibility, and work on improving yourself.” As part of the ceremony, the audience also enjoyed a musical pieces played by Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, a member of QF.