Posted on April 13, 2011

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development has announced May 3 2011 as the date for its fourth annual Senior Convocation. Almost 250 students making up the class of 2011 will graduate this year, an increase of around a quarter from 2010.

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, will watch the graduating students receive rings from QF Vice President for Education Dr Abdulla bin Ali Al Thani before they do the traditional walk through the “Door to the Future,” symbolizing their passage from QF universities to the next stage of their lives.

Each university has its own graduation ceremony, but Senior Convocation will bring together every graduating student from across QF’s Education City, including both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Dr Abdulla Al Thani, Vice President for Education said:

“We are looking forward to celebrating these young people at Senior Convocation. They have worked hard over several years to reach this high level of achievement, and their recognition at the ceremony will be well deserved. “They will join the growing ranks of our graduates who are advancing the region’s social and economic development through their professional lives. I hope many others will be inspired to follow in their footsteps.”

A total of 242 students are expected to attend the ceremony, of which almost half are Qatari. 155 are male and 87 female. The numbers of students graduating from each individual university are:

Virginia Commonwealth University:                            49

Weill Cornell Medical College:                                     31

Texas A&M University:                                              60

Carnegie Mellon University:                                       43

Georgetown University School of Foreign Studies:       45

Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies:                                14

Northwestern University students will graduate for the first time next year, with students from the latest Qatar Foundation universities, HEC Paris and University College London, to follow in due course.