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May 6, 2014

VCUQatar Celebrates its 2014 Commencement Ceremony

Class of 2014 at Commencement.jpgVirginia Commonwealth University in Qatar held its 2014 Commencement Ceremony on 5 May at the Hamad bin Khalifa University Student Center, conferring 57 Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in fashion, graphic, interior design and painting and printmaking and five Master of Fine Arts degrees in Design.

The 13th Commencement brings the number of VCUQatar alumni to 473.

“At VCUQatar we encouraged you to dream and offered you exceptional programs, dedicated faculty, dynamic peers and outstanding opportunities to help you pursue those dreams,” said VCUQatar Dean Allyson Vanstone in her message to the graduating students. “There are significant challenges in our world that need your attention and passion. You have the knowledge, skills and abilities to approach any challenge with creative experimentation, collaboration and commitment.

“You have been exceptional representatives of VCU in Qatar, Richmond and throughout the world. I have no doubt that you will continue to serve as worthy ambassadors for the university by building upon our reputation for excellence and becoming leaders in your chosen field both at home and abroad,” she added.

Virginia Commonwealth University President Dr Michael Rao addressed the graduating students during the ceremony. “As members of VCUQatar’s graduating class, you have distinguished yourself in many ways, and we are very proud of you and your achievements. You’re more than the next generation of leaders in our cities. You are the new embodiment of that boldest idea that human potential is still the greatest resource in our world.”

The other luminaries present for the ceremony included HE Dr Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, president of Hamad bin Khalifa University and vice president for Education at Qatar Foundation; Dr David Prior, executive vice president and provost, Hamad bin Khalifa University; Joseph Seipel, dean of the School of the Arts, VCU Richmond; Rector William M Ginther from the Board of Visitors; and Dr Jelena Trkulja, director of education, Qatar Museums Authority and Joint Advisory Board Member, among others.

The 62 new VCUQatar graduates will join the band of 411 alumni who are pursuing successful careers within the government, nonprofit and private industries in Qatar and around the world.

Many VCUQatar graduates have gone on to establish their own businesses, thereby contributing to the development of the small and medium enterprise culture in Qatar.

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