Over 400 optimistic graduates are looking forward to embarking upon a new stage of life as they eagerly await recognition at Convocation 2013, which will be held at Qatar National Convention Centre on 7 May.
This will be the sixth convocation to be held by Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Students will be honored for their achievements before walking through a symbolic door that represents their entrance into a promising future.
The class of 2013 signifies the highest number of graduates in Qatar Foundation’s history, with 437 students from over 60 countries participating in this year’s convocation. The number of graduates this year is considerably higher compared to 2012 when 373 students were awarded degrees. The gender gap has also shifted in favourfavor of females this year, with 229 women and 208 men making up the class of 2013. In 2012, 188 women and 185 men made up the class of 2012.
Convocation 2013 will be held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, who will lead the charge to the graduates.
The welcoming speech will be delivered by His Excellency Dr Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, President of Hamad bin Khalifa University and Vice President of Education at Qatar Foundation. He will also present the graduates with commemorative convocation rings.
During the past five years there has been a year-on-year increase in the number of graduates, from 122 in 2008 to 191 in 2009, 200 in 2010, 245 in 2011, and 373 last year. And over the past decade, a total of 1,273 graduates have received degrees in various disciplines from universities based in Qatar Foundation. This year, 35 doctors will graduate from WCMC-Q and 115 engineers from TAMUQ, alongside 44 Masters of Business Administration from HEC Paris in Qatar.
In addition, 33 students looking forward to careers in the media will be graduating from Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q), alongside 81 graduates from Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q), 43 from Georgetown University – School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Qatar), 42 from the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS), and 44 from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCU Qatar).
The convocation ceremony will be broadcast live on Qatar TV from 7pm. The public can also listen to live Arabic coverage of the event on QF Radio’s 93.7 FM.
Although each university holds its own graduation ceremony, Convocation 2013 brings together undergraduate and postgraduate students from several universities across Qatar Foundation.