Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) in Education City held a special event to honour the students whose hard work and excellent academic skills earned them a place on the Dean’s List. The families of the students were also in attendance for the special occasion as the students were awarded certificates honouring their outstanding academic achievements.

The Dean’s List is a recognition of superior academic performance and only students with a Grade Point Average of 3.5 qualify. Of the 107 outstanding Dean’s list students, 33 are from the Art Foundation Programme, eight are from the Painting and Printmaking programme, 13 are from the Interior Design programme, 19 are from the Graphic Design programme, seven are from the Fashion Design programme, and 27 are from the Art History programme.

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Amir Berbić, the Dean at VCUarts Qatar welcomed the students and their families, saying,

This is my first Dean’s List celebration as your new Dean, and I am so pleased to be here to recognise and congratulate such an impressive group of young scholars. You are the best and the brightest among our talented and dedicated students. It is no small honour to be on the Dean’s list – as Dean’s List students you set the standard for all other students.

I also want to say congratulations to the parents and families of our Dean’s List students. Your encouragement and support, from their early years to today, have no doubt played an important role in their academic success. You can take a well-deserved pat on the back for a job well done!’

In her speech to the students, Dr Valerie Jeremijenko, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs said:

For our current sophomores who achieved this result as freshmen, we are so impressed by the start you have made to your academic career, and we have high hopes for all of you. For our new juniors who excelled in their sophomore year. Your continued hard work and dedication is paying off. You will soon be entering the two most challenging years of your undergraduate studies, and we wish you all the best. We have every confidence in you.

For our cherished seniors, you are now the standard-bearers for the school. As our Senior Dean’s list students, you are the role models for all of our upcoming students. It is a serious responsibility, but you have shown us time and time again that you are up for the challenge.’

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