Georgetown University Celebrates 11th Commencement Ceremony in Qatar

May 12, 2019

Sixty four seniors gathered to receive their diplomas at the Education City campus of Georgetown University in Qatar on May 9, 2019,  at the university’s 11th commencement exercises. The graduating seniors join a growing community of GU-Q alumni pursuing graduate degrees or working in a diverse range of industries in Qatar and beyond, including government, business, tech, law, and education.

This year’s graduating class of 24 Qatari and 25 non-Qatari women and 7 Qatari and 8 non-Qatari men, received a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) degree, a globally recognized interdisciplinary program offered in four majors, and  taught in a supportive learning environment that enables students to develop intellectually and personally.

Her Excellency Ambassador Sheikha Alya bint Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani, the Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations, was the special guest at the ceremony. “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.”

Guests in attendance included friends and family members, Qatari officials, and members of the diplomatic and international community. Representing Georgetown’s main campus in Washington, DC, at the ceremony were Special Assistant to the Provost and Registrar Emeritus, John Q. Pierce, who served as Chief Marshall, and Dean of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Dr. Joel Hellman, who presented the candidates for degrees. Degree conferral and closing reflections were made by the President of Georgetown University, Dr. John J. DeGioia.

The Dean of GU-Q, Dr. Ahmad Dallal, gave the opening remarks and introduced the guest speaker. “It is with great pride and pleasure that I extend my congratulations to the Class of 2019 for the dedication, drive, and commitment they have shown in achieving the distinction of becoming a Georgetown University degree recipient,” he said. “With the guidance and support of our dedicated academic community, they have acquired the critical skills required by our ever changing world, and their stories and diligence will continue to inspire the next generation of students following in their footsteps."

This year saw the university celebrating several milestones, including the largest application pool to date for the Class of 2022, the 100 year anniversary of the founding of SFS, and the GUQ100 Celebration of Knowledge, marking over 100 published volumes produced by affiliated faculty and staff since the campus opened its doors in 2005.

In addition to the main ceremony, the Tropaia Award Exercises were held a day prior to commencement to honor major achievements of senior students. With a starting student body of 25 students in 2005, GU-Q has now produced more than 500 alumni representing more than 50 countries, and delivers the same internationally ranked curriculum as Georgetown’s main campus in Washington, D.C.

Class of 2019 Commencement Ceremony

About Georgetown University in Qatar

Established in 1789 in Washington, DC, Georgetown University is one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions. Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q), founded in 2005 in partnership with Qatar Foundation, seeks to build upon the world-class reputation of the university through education, research, and service. Inspired by the university’s mission of promoting intellectual, ethical, and spiritual understanding, GU-Q aims to advance knowledge and provide students and the community with a holistic educational experience that produces global citizens committed to the service of humankind.

Located in Doha’s Education City, GU-Q offers the same internationally recognized Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree as Georgetown’s Capitol Campus in Washington, DC. This unique, interdisciplinary program prepares students to tackle the most important and pressing global issues by helping them develop critical thinking, analytic, and communication skills within an international context. GU-Q alumni work in leading local and international organizations across industries ranging from finance to energy, education, and media. The Qatar campus also serves as a residency and delivery location for the Executive Master’s in Emergency and Disaster Management along with the Executive Master’s in Leadership.

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