SFS-Q Holds Second Commencement
The Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q) graduated its second class of students on May 8. The ceremony, held in the ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Doha, was attended by more than 600 friends, family, and community members, including the Emir, His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani.
In his commencement address, Georgetown President John J. DeGioia congratulated the Class of 2010 and expressed hope for the future of the graduates. “Commencement is a beginning, a stepping forward into a world that desperately needs your skills, your dreams, your passions. We are hopeful for the work you will do … and the lives you will touch, for the promise each of you brings into our world,” DeGioia said.
A total of 31 students from 11 different nations received the BSFS degree. “Our second graduating class is an impressive group of individuals with bright futures ahead of them in international service in the private and public sector,” said Interim SFS-Q Dean Mehran Kamrava.
The graduation festivities kicked-off with the Education City Senior Convocation on May 4, 2010, where HH Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned congratulated and addressed the graduates from the universities of Education City at the Qatar Foundation-hosted event: “Qatar is proud of you, proud of your educational achievements, and it will be more proud and lively as it lives the contributions of your professional life whether inside or outside these gates.”
Ruba Muhsen (F ’10) said that SFS-Q’s and diversity enriched her college experience. “It opened doors of opportunity and exposed me to new ideas and diversity of nationalities, beliefs and cultures,” she said.