(MENAFN- Gulf Times) Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation (QF), Sunday attended the first QF Schools Commencement Ceremony, which celebrated the achievements 249 graduates from seven schools. The students, representing 18 nationalities, including 202 Qataris, were honoured at Qatar National Convention Centre Sunday.
HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad al-Thani, Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation, also attended the ceremony, and – as an alumna of Qatar Academy Doha, one of the schools under QF's Pre-University Education (PUE) – delivered the keynote speech.
She was joined by HE the Minister of Education and Higher Education Buthaina bint Ali al-Jabr al-Nuaimi, Minister of Education and Higher Education, as well as diplomats, QF teachers and faculty members, and families of graduating students.
HE Sheikha Hind said:“During your high school journey, you have proved that you have the strength and determination to overcome challenges.
“You are now deservedly entering a new journey, in a world that is changing and developing at incredible speed, and that is characterized by innovation and unlimited potential, requiring flexibility and the ability to adapt.
“I urge you to face the challenges that await you along your coming journey with determination and resolve, and to remember that failure is not an end point, but rather a starting point on the path to success. This is why you must work hard, continue to achieve, and never stop learning.”
Speaking at the ceremony, Abeer al-Khalifa, President of PUE, QF, said:“This unified ceremony signifies an important milestone in our journey.
“At QF, we believe in the power of education to change the world, and we strive to advance knowledge and expertise that will help our students achieve their aspirations. Since its establishment, QF has embraced the profound impact of education as a catalyst for transformation. Through its pioneering educational system, with a steadfast commitment to advancement, QF strives to continually enhance its academic knowledge and expertise, ultimately benefiting our students and their parents, faculty members, and the community as a whole.”
And she told the graduating students:“We are proud that you are part of an ecosystem shaping the bright future of our nation through education. You have the power to make a difference, motivate others, and be catalysts for change.
"Today, as you stand before us, filled with pride, your academic journey in our schools has been enriched with unique experiences. Your achievements and continuous efforts have left an indelible mark, evident in your teamwork, voluntary activities, community engagement, and awareness of local and global issues. You have influenced us with your creative ideas, your determination, and your vision for humanity.
“Forge ahead on your path of excellence – graduation is the beginning of a new phase of seeking knowledge and contributing to a brighter future. Your heritage is your strength, an integral part of your identity, and preserving your roots is vital for future success. The doors of Education City will always remain open for you, to embrace you, and to celebrate your achievements.”
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 QF's Qatar Music Academy, performed 'Danat Al Orbe', a song produced by QF's PUE in collaboration with Qatari artist and QF employee Fahad al-Hajjaji for Qatar National Day in 2022.
The commencement ceremony celebrated the achievements of students from Qatar Academy Doha, Qatar Academy Al Khor, Qatar Academy Sidra, Qatar Academy for Science and Technology, Qatar Leadership Academy, Qatar Academy Al Wakra, and Awsaj Academy.
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