778 graduates from Qatar Foundation (QF) were honoured in this year’s convocation ceremony in Education City. HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir, and HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, were there to grace the event. HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation, also attended the event alongside a number of dignitaries, university officials and parents of graduates. 

Sheikha Hind said that each member of the graduating Class of 2018 carries with them the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in a global setting. The young men and women, according to her, worked hard to achieve their degrees.

Qatar Foundation’s unique education ecosystem offers a diverse range of lifelong learning and research opportunities, and when our alumni move on to their next phase and become active global citizens, we will all reap the benefit of the knowledge they have gained during their time here.’

This year’s convocation included a shared keynote speech from two QF alumni – Ghada Ali Al Khater from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) Class of 2012, and Touhami Abi from Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) Class of 2014.

The ceremony was also highlighted by the official announcement of the winner of the QF Akhlaquna Award, which was first announced by HH Sheikha Moza last year. The award is designed to recognise young people who display exemplary character. The award was given to Swar Al Dahab Ali for his work with ‘Mercy In Giving’, a movement that unites various educational, health, and social sectors to tackle issues within society and inspire young people to be a powerful force within their communities.


The graduates passed through the ‘Door to the Future’, a symbolic passage representing a new phase of responsibility and challenge in their continuing journey of growth and learning. This year’s Convocation honoured graduates from HBKU, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Northwestern University in Qatar, Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar, HEC Paris in Qatar, UCL Qatar, GU-Q, and VCUarts Qatar.

QF has collectively celebrated the graduation of students from its partner universities based in Education City since 2008, commemorating the achievements of its graduates who will further Qatar’s long-term progress.

For more information about Qatar Foundation, visit their website at qf.org.qa.