Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar celebrated its seventh graduation ceremony on 5 May 2014, bringing together dignitaries, family and faculty to recognise 80 graduates representing 24 different countries as they were awarded their diplomas.
As the sound of traditional Scottish bagpipes filled the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC), the graduates processed onto the stage, led by students carrying their programmes’ academic flag.
The biological sciences graduates were led by Kenneth Hovis, assistant teaching professor of biological sciences, followed by the business administration graduates, who were led by Sham Kekre, distinguished career professor, production and operations management. They were joined by the computer science graduates, led by Kemal Oflazer, teaching professor of computer science, followed by the information systems graduates, led by Selma Limam Mansar, associate teaching professor of information systems.
All 80 graduates — 2 in biological sciences, 42 in business administration, 10 in computer science and 26 in information systems — now form part of Carnegie Mellon’s 95,000-strong global alumni network.
Addressing the graduating class, and more than 1,200 distinguished guests, family members and friends, Subra Suresh, president of Carnegie Mellon University, praised the graduates for their achievements:
You have achieved something important, something that took time, discipline and willingness to persist in the face of difficulties. That is impressive, so savour the moment.’
Consistently ranked among the top universities, Carnegie Mellon has more than 12,000 students, 95,000 alumni and 5,000 faculty and staff globally. In Qatar, students from more than 40 countries enroll at the university’s world-class facilities in Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development’s Education City, giving them a truly unique and multicultural experience.
This campus is itself an example of intentionally seeking out diversity. Carnegie Mellon Qatar has brought a distinctive flavor to Carnegie Mellon University as a whole, and over the past 10 years, this campus has opened the institution to new and innovative ways of teaching and learning. The two campuses together have created new opportunities for undergraduates to exchange knowledge, and to collaborate in new ways, this interaction has made us more successful as a global institution.’
Dean of Carnegie Mellon Qatar, Ilker Baybars, congratulated the graduating class and said:
Over the past four years, our students have worked hard not only towards their degrees, but also by contributing to the country’s research efforts and by making a difference to society through community outreach in Qatar and overseas. We look forward to seeing the difference these young leaders will make to the community and market. The Class of 2014 join the university’s high caliber alumni network who are making an impact through key roles with regional and international organizations, setting up their own businesses or joining graduate programmes.’
A business administration graduate and the student speaker, Saleh Al Raisi, acknowledged his fellow classmates at the ceremony:
We have all reached a new turning point. Together, we have learned and laughed, but most importantly we have matured together. The spirit of teamwork, whether in the classroom, students clubs or the student body government, has made us close friends, given us wonderful memories to cherish and has produced 80 exceptional graduates.’
Al Raisi, who served as president of the Qatari Student Association in 2011 and 2012, and as president of the Student Government in 2013, is currently participating in the 2014 Al Fikra National Business Plan Competition and hopes to go on to make a difference to Qatar’s development as an entrepreneur.
Academic Achievement Awards were presented to three students based on their outstanding academic performance: Haider Zali, business administration graduate, Fahim Dalvi, computer science graduate, and Haya Thowfeek, information systems graduate, received the awards.
Narcis Sadat Jafarian, who received the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar Award, and the Qatar Campus Scholars were also recognised during the ceremony. This year’s Qatar Campus Scholars were Jafarian, a business administration graduate, Syed Moosavi, a computer science graduate, Zali and Thowfeek.
Dean Baybars also recognised Matthew Szudzik, assistant teaching professor of mathematics, with a Meritorious Teaching Award. Marion Oliver, teaching professor of mathematics, was recognized as the 2014 recipient of the University Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Advising, which was presented to him on the Pittsburgh campus last month.
Senior Student Leadership Awards were presented to 13 exceptional students this year. These students showcased extraordinary leadership and made substantial contributions to the community during their time at the university. Recipients were Saleh Al-Raisi (with Distinction,) Kenrick Fernandes (with Distinction), Saba Singh (with Distinction), Aveed Shiekh (with Distinction), Haider Zali (with Distinction), Fahim Dalvi, Hashim Moosavi, Rama Sbei, Safouan Amor, Narcis Sadat Jafarian, Stephanie Abi Gerges, Maha Al Meer and Dana Al Ansari.
More than 90 percent of Carnegie Mellon Qatar’s alumni are either in graduate programmes or employed in top organisations like Google, Microsoft, Qatar Petroleum, Shell and Commercial Bank Qatar.
Members of Carnegie Mellon Qatar’s Class of 2014 are as follows:
Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences:
Rula Al Baghdadi and Fatima Al Saygh
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration:
Ali Abbas, Rafay Abbasi, Nazish Abdin, Adan Adonis, Abaan Ahmad, Saad Ahmed, Mohammed Al Thani, Aysha Al Abdulla, Dana Al-Ansari, Reem Al Emadi, Shaikha Al-Emadi, Mohammed Al Hadhrami, Sultan Al Jabir, Haya Al Kubaisi, Maha Al Meer, Saleh Al Raisi, Sara Al Remaihi, Sara Al Sulaiti, Aisha Al Thani, Almaha Al Thani, Maha Al Zaini, Khalid Allouba, Muhammad Nauman Chaudhry, Faryal Dad, Noor Daqaq, Lulwa El Matbouly, Fawwaz Farid, Syed Haider, Narcis Sadat Jafarian, Alisher Khamraev, Saif Mujahid, Zeina Murtada, Hamza Nagree, Ziad Nasser, Nada Salem, Rama Sbei, Raheem Shahid, Reham Shaikh, Aveed Sheikh, Saba Singh, Haider Zali and Syed Hassan Zuhair.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science:
Alina Al Aswadi, Abdulaziz Al Homaid, Amna AlZeyara, Fahim Dalvi, Kenrick Fernandes, Aisha Hasan, Syed Moosavi, Mohd, Nabil Murshed, Shailja Relwani and Baljit Singh.
Bachelor of Science in Information Systems:
Hawra Abdulla, Ammar Abouelghar, Prince Abraham, Haris Aghadi, Umair Ahmed, Shamma Al Hetmi, Asma Al Kubaisi, Noora Al Maslamani, Sara AlMulla, Safouan Amor, Ernest Appiah Appiah, Nawal Behih, Srinjoy Chakravarty, Daniel AbdulRahman Cheweiky, Ola Daher, Fatima Fakhro, Nourhen Feki, Zuhair Ghalib, Aliya Hashim, Afran Hassan, Sarah Mustafa, Muhammad Polin, Maahd Shahzad, Talal Shoeb, Haya Thowfeek and Stephanie Abi Gerges.