Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) recently held a virtual social gathering online to honour graduates of the Class of 2020. VCUarts Qatar is a partner university of Qatar Foundation. 

The virtual gathering, which was organised by Student Development Senior Specialist Sarah Faheem, brought together the 67 graduating students from different programmes of VCUarts Qatar –  Art History, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, MFA in Design, and Painting and Printmaking.

The event was attended by VCUarts Qatar Dean Amir Berbić; Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dr Cherif Amor;  Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Dr Valerie Jeremijenko; the chairs of the university’s many programmes and departments; and members of the school’s faculty and staff, some of whom wore their traditional graduating gown and cap to honour the Class of 2020.

VCUarts Qatar, the first university at Qatar Foundation, has a long tradition of producing graduates who are creative problem solvers.

According to Dean Berbić, artists and designers feed off adversity, and this has been known throughout the history of art and design.

I reiterate the point that I count on all of you to come out of the current difficult situation, first of all healthy and strong, but also perhaps with a new perspective on the world and how you can contribute to it in meaningful ways, despite the circumstances.

Dean Berbić also reminded the Class of 2020 to thank all those who supported them along the way, including their family, friends, colleagues, and the faculty and staff of VCUarts Qatar.

The Class of 2020 includes 18 Graphic Design graduates, 18 Interior Design graduates, nine Painting and Printmaking graduates, nine Art History graduates, eight Fashion Design graduates, and five MFA in Design graduates.

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