Qatar Foundation celebrated the achievements of 290 graduates, including 246 Qataris, from seven schools within the organisation’s unique educational ecosystem.

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, attended the Commencement Ceremony held at Qatar National Convention Centre, together with HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation, ministers, diplomats, teachers, faculty members, and the families of graduating students.

The ceremony celebrated the achievements of students from QAD, Qatar Academy Al Khor, Qatar Academy Sidra, Qatar Academy for Science and Technology, Qatar Leadership Academy, Qatar Academy Al Wakra, and Awsaj Academy.

During the ceremony, Abeer Al Khalifa, President of Pre-University Education (PUE) at Qatar Foundation (QF), highlighted the significance of this momentous occasion. ‘For over 25 years, our schools have worked tirelessly and with unwavering commitment to match the progress of a nation that has given us so much. Today, from this revered institution, this class, distinguished by its morals and knowledge, is graduating. This enlightened generation renews their vow to follow in the footsteps of their forebears, aiming to bring about positive change and make a lasting impact on society.’

Al Khalifa also likened the graduates to arrows poised to face life’s challenges and pursue their goals with determination, pledging unwavering support to their nation. She applauded the graduates for their global awareness and humanitarian initiatives, particularly their advocacy for Arab and Islamic causes, including solidarity with the Palestinian people. Today, we witness the emergence of a new generation whose educational path has been marked by commendable actions and initiatives, driven by their awareness of global and humanitarian issues, particularly the concerns of the Arab and Islamic nations. I especially commend their engagement with the Palestinian cause, their solidarity with the Palestinian people, and their commitment to being the voice of truth in support of every oppressed individual.’

Al Khalifa also thanked the teachers for their dedication to educating and preparing the students, and the academic and non-academic staff at QF schools.

 

Qatari filmmaker Amal Al-Muftah was this year’s keynote speaker. A former student of QF’s Qatar Academy Doha (QAD), as well as a graduate of Northwestern University in Qatar – a QF partner university – she reflected on her experience at the school, saying: I discovered my true passion for storytelling and began to explore this field more deeply. It confirmed to me that I have the ability to use films as a means to express my stories and those of others in innovative and inspiring ways.’

Al-Muftah urged graduates to be active participants in their own stories, celebrating their small victories and reflecting on their failures. As you approach a new chapter in your lives, I want to emphasise the importance of appreciating both moments of joy and challenges alike.’

She also emphasised discovering her passion for storytelling and encouraged graduates to actively engage in their own narratives, embracing both triumphs and setbacks as integral parts of life’s film.

‘Life is like a film, where happy scenes intertwine with difficult ones, each adding depth and beauty to the story. One cannot exist without the other, and this balance is what makes the stories of our lives exciting and captivating… As children of this nation, we owe it to our heritage to respect and honour our stories. They are the essence of our identity, the threads that weave our collective narrative, binding us to our past and guiding us into the future. Our stories are the legacy we leave behind, the voice of our culture, and the testament to our beautiful differences.’

During the event, each graduate took to the stage to receive their diplomas, with valedictorians from each school also receiving special recognition. Students from QF schools, including members of Qatar Music Academy, performed ‘Our Dream’, a song produced by PUE in collaboration with Qatari artist and QF employee Fahad Al-Hajjaji.

For more information on QF’s PUE schools, please visit www.qf.org.qa/education/pre-university.


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