Qatar Academy Doha (QAD) recently held a graduation ceremony for its Class of 2019 at Qatar National Convention Centre. QAD is part of Qatar Foundation (QF) Pre-University Education (PUE). 

The event celebrated the graduation of 92 students, which includes 46 Qataris, bringing the total number of QAD alumni to over 1,000. The ceremony was attended by members of QF officials, PUE representatives and QAD board members, as well as school administrators, faculty and parents.

QAD Acting Director Cory Carson addressed the graduates in his welcome note, acknowledging the hard work and dedication that has resulted in another 100% graduation rate for the school’s senior class.

The success that has been achieved is undeniably the result of team effort – from the dedication and resolution of our students and also from our faculty and parents – who all worked tirelessly to bring our seniors – your children – to this point in their academic careers.

He reminded the students to take the legacy of what they have learned from QAD and to carry this into the future, and help transform our world.

Sheikha Asma Al Thani
Sheikha Asma Al Thani

Sheikha Asma Al Thani, Director of Marketing and Communication at Qatar Olympic Committee, and one of QAD’s former students, also addressed the students. She is the first Qatari woman to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as the first Qatari to ski to the last degree of the North Pole.

I have been in your place in the past. I faced challenges, had dreams, and felt what you are feeling now. At that time, I was waiting for this moment – for graduation. Life has just begun for you. I thank God for giving me the ability to be who I am today. And I thank those who helped and supported me to stand before you today – my teachers, my family, and my friends.’

Sheikha Asma stressed the need to persevere and efficiently manage time in order to achieve goals and ambitions, explaining that, through determination, dreams do come true.

This year’s valedictorian, Ziad Thamer Khattab, who also addressed the audience, said they have all achieved things that are worth being proud of — that each and every person on stage has a place in college.

We’ve also endured disappointments, but, in the end, we pushed through them and we made it here! I think the key to that is to be honest with yourself about what you did right, what you did wrong, take responsibility, and work on improving yourself.’

As part of the ceremony, the audience also enjoyed musical pieces played by Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.

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