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Sixty-four seniors of Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) gathered on the university’s Education City campus recently to receive their diplomas during GU-Q’s 11th Commencement exercises. The graduating seniors join a growing community of GU-Q alumni pursuing graduate degrees or working in a diverse range of industries in Qatar and beyond, including government, business, tech, law and education.
This year’s graduating class of 24 Qatari and 25 non-Qatari females and seven Qatari and eight non-Qatari males, received a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) degree, a globally recognised interdisciplinary programme offered in four majors and taught in a supportive learning environment that enables students to develop intellectually and personally.
The Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations, Ambassador Her Excellency Sheikha Alia bint Ahmed bin Saif al Thani was the special guest at the ceremony.
“Today’s GU-Q graduates carry on a legacy of academic excellence, strength through diversity, and an unwavering commitment to work for the common good. Through dedicated scholarship in the field of humanities and social sciences, their academic work has contributed to the development mission of Qatar Foundation and the ambitions and optimism of tomorrow’s leaders inspire us all to envision a better future.”
Guests at the ceremony included friends and family members, Qatari officials, members of the diplomatic and international community and from Georgetown’s main campus in Washington DC, Provost Robert Groves and Dean of the Edmund A Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS) Dr Joel Hellman, who presented the candidates for degrees. Degree conferral and closing reflections were made by the President of Georgetown University Dr John J DeGioia.
The Dean of GU-Q Dr Ahmad Dallal gave the opening remarks and introduced the guest speaker. “It is with great pride and pleasure that I extend my congratulations to the Class of 2019 for the dedication, drive and commitment they have shown in achieving the distinction of becoming a Georgetown University degree recipient”, he said. “With the guidance and support of our dedicated academic community, they have acquired the critical skills required by our ever changing world and their stories and diligence will continue to inspire the next generation of students following in their footsteps.”
This year saw the university celebrating several milestones, including the largest application pool to date for the Class of 2022, the 100 year anniversary of the founding of SFS, and the GUQ100 Celebration of Knowledge, marking over 100 published volumes produced by affiliated faculty and staff since the campus opened its doors in 2005.
In addition to the main ceremony, the Tropaia Awards were held prior to commencement to honour major achievements of senior students. With a starting student body of 25 students in 2005, GU-Q has now produced more than 500 alumni representing more than 50 countries and delivers the same internationally ranked curriculum as Georgetown’s main campus in Washington DC.
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