College of the North Atlantic – Qatar celebrated its 10th graduation ceremony at the Qatar National Convention Centre on Tuesday 17 June 2014.

The CNA-Q Class of 2014 consists of 357 graduates, including 30 nationalities – 181 of which are Qatari nationals. This year, the 357 students graduate from four programmes, including Health Sciences, Engineering, Information Technology and Business Studies. This is a special year for the School of Business Studies as they celebrate the 1,000th graduate from their programmes.

Dr Ken MacLeod, President of CNA-Q was joined by HE Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Industry and Energy; Dr Mohamed Yousef Al Mulla, Vice Chair and CEO, QAPCO; The Honourable Kevin O’Brien, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada; Ann Marie Vaughan, President, CNA Canada; College Executive; Faculty; Families and of course graduates.

Dr Al Mulla addressed the graduating class and spoke of the importance of technical education to the success of a thriving country by saying:

College of the North Atlantic – Qatar represents a key element of realization of the State’s vision: it came at the right time to equip our most precious asset, our future, our next generation, with the essentials of any ambitious nation. Technical education is vital for all businesses and across sectors; it makes nations stronger, able to respond rapidly to our changing world, reacting effectively to constantly evolving demand, strengthening their competitive advantage. Most importantly, technical education is now notorious for empowering the youth and for allowing citizens to participate effectively in the economic life of their countries.’

Addressing the Class of 2014, The Honourable Kevin O’Brien, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills from Newfoundland & Labrador, said:

This is an important milestone in your lives – one that will lead you to new and exciting experiences as you prepare to enter the workforce, or enter your post-secondary studies. When College of the North Atlantic came to Qatar in 2002, it was with the vision of educating the future of Qatar’s technical workforce. As I look around me tonight, I see the realization of tat vision in the faces of these 350 graduates.’

CNAQ President's Medal of Excellence Winners with Dr. Ken MacLeod and Ms. Ann Marie Vaughan
CNAQ President’s Medal of Excellence Winners with Dr Ken MacLeod and Ann Marie Vaughan

Once again, CNA-Q welcomed two valedictorians to address the audience who are Hussain Al Marri, and Kwanele Mamba, both from the School of Business Studies. Mamba said:

I have realised that no matter how good you are, you need others to bring out the back in you. Because you can’t ever realize your full potential without having people around you to support you,” said Miss Mamba. “Let’s be worthy of the support we are given. We are where we are today because of the support of our college. They have provided us with more than just a beautiful campus, but also with the necessary equipment needed to teach and develop our skills. By hosting competitions, sports and clubs to give us the opportunity to apply our skills and discover our hidden talents. For that, we thank you.’

Speaking to the Class of 2014, Al Marri, President of the Student Representative Council, said:

Today, we stop attending classes and we may no longer see our great teachers and close friends, but I know that this is just the beginning because learning does not stop when we stop attending classes. Education was the hope and it will remain our goal forever. We have become products of our education. My father said to me when I was younger, that education is the only resource we can naturally give to future generations and in this moment I truly believe my father’s words.’

CNA-Q graduates represent programmes, ranging from Office Administration to Mechanical Engineering Technology, Environmental Health Technology to Computer Support Specialist. Each department within the College was represented at this year’s ceremony. Health Sciences has 30 graduates; Information Technology 52; Engineering Technology 114; and Business Studies has the largest graduating class with 161 students.

Of the 357 graduates, 153 are sponsored students from 28 different companies. Qatar Petroleum has the largest number of students with 54 graduates followed by the Higher Education Institute with 28.

In addition to their certificates and diplomas, 25 students were presented with the President’s Medal for Academic Excellence. This award is presented to the student in each program area with the highest grade point average. This year, ORYX GTL also presented four Most Distinguished Student awards to those that received the highest marks in their school.

CNA-Q’s graduating class joins over 3,000 colleagues at College of the North Atlantic (Canada) as part of the Class of 2014.

For more information, visit CNA-Q’s website.