QAI Congratulates Graduates from American Branch Campuses in Qatar

May 6th – Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q), Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q), and VCUarts Qatar (VCU-Q) hosted commencement ceremonies for their 2019 graduates. On May 9th, Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) and Texas A&M at Qatar (TAMU-Q) also hosted graduation ceremonies.



CMU-Q, which turns 15 this year, graduated 78 students from 16 countries. 46% of the graduates hail from Qatar. The 2019 class comprised 10 graduates in biological sciences, 32 in business administration, one in computational biology, eight in computer science, and 27 in information systems. They bring the total number of CMU-Q alumni to nearly 850.


“Never has life been more complex or so full of potential – and more in need of CMU graduates like you. The story of this century will depend on the things that you do best: answering the questions that will be critical to our future and exploring exciting new modes of discovery.” –

Farnam Jahanian, president of Carnegie Mellon University




VCUarts Qatar graduated 76 students total – conferring 68 bachelor’s degrees and eight master’s degrees. The graduates’ specializations include fashion design, graphic design, interior design, painting and printmaking, and art history. The commencement comes just after VCU-Q hosted a fashion exhibition highlighting the use of khadi – a South Asian fabric increasingly popular among Indian designers – as part of the Qatar-India 2019 Year of Culture, organized by Qatar Museums.


“You are creative scholars who embody the very best of our university and illuminate the very meaning of our humanity. I know you will use your vast talents to benefit humankind.” –

Dr. Michael Rao, the President of Virginia Commonwealth University





Northwestern University in Qatar, which specializes in journalism and communications, graduated its largest and most diverse class yet – 68 students, speaking 12 languages and representing 17 countries. 70% of the graduating class is female, and 16 earned minors. Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro and alumna Sara Abdullah Al Saadi – a graduate from NU-Q’s inaugural class – spoke at the commencement.


“[NU-Q had] an incredible impact on the person I am today; this school has given me a world-class education, lifelong friends, and the tools to go on and make a difference.”

Sara Abdullah Al Saadi, Director of Public Diplomacy at the Embassy of Qatar in Washington, DC




Texas A&M in Qatar graduated its 1,000th engineer in a ceremony on May 9th that awarded 95 bachelor’s degrees in chemical, electrical, mechanical, and petroleum engineering, as well as 12 Master of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in chemical engineering. 36 of the 95 bachelor’s degrees were awarded to female graduates, and the majority of the degrees were awarded to non-Qataris.


“I am honored and humbled to receive this honorary degree from Texas A&M University. This is not only a personal accolade for me but also a tribute to the State of Qatar under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar. Since 2003, I have witnessed the evolution, development and growth of Texas A&M at Qatar as a branch campus of Texas A&M University. It is a matter of pride for all of us to have witnessed the successes and accomplishments of this institution over the past 16 years. The work of Texas A&M at Qatar directly contributes to the pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030, and I applaud this prestigious institution for all it does to make a positive impact on Qatar and throughout the region in the noble cause of education.” –

His Excellency Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, the former Minister of Energy and Industry and former Chairman of Qatar Petroleum




Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) also held its graduation ceremony on May 9th, awarding 64 Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degrees. 49 of the degrees were awarded to women. This year marks several milestones for Georgetown, including the 100-year anniversary of the School of Foreign Service‘s founding and the GUQ100 Celebration of Knowledge.

This marks over 100 academic volumes published since GU-Q opened in 2005. GU-Q has now graduated more than 500 students from over 50 countries, offering the same internationally renowned curriculum as Georgetown’s home campus in Washington, DC.


“Today’s GU-Q graduates carry on a legacy of academic excellence, strength through diversity, and an unwavering commitment to work for the common good. Through dedicated scholarship in the field of humanities and social sciences, their academic work has contributed to the development mission of Qatar Foundation, and the ambitions and optimism of tomorrow’s leaders inspire us all to envision a better future.” –

Her Excellency Ambassador Sheikha Alya bint Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani, Qatar’s Ambassador to the United Nations





Qatar Foundation (QF) also held its annual convocation ceremony celebrating all 786 of its graduates across its member universities. QF’s member universities also include Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, HEC Paris, and UCL Qatar. Qatari Amir, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and QF Chairperson, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, both attended the celebration.


“Every member of our Class of 2019 has recognized and maximized the unique educational opportunity that Qatar Foundation provides. Their academic excellence has been matched by their growth as knowledge-seekers, critical thinkers, and active citizens who are determined to be drivers of positive change. As embodiments of QF’s belief in what quality education stands for, and what it makes possible, they will always be part of our story – and we will watch with pride as they write their own.

H.E. Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice Chairperson & CEO of Qatar Foundation


Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar will host its convocation and commencement ceremonies the week of May 28, 2019.





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