Graduation Ceremony | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
HBKU Graduation 2018

Class of 2018

The graduation of this year’s Class of 2018 is the culmination of a journey of academic excellence. As we bid the graduates farewell, we celebrate their time at HBKU with these messages, reflecting on their dedication and enthusiasm as former students, and on their aspirations and goals as HBKU alumni. Congratulations to the Class of 2018 on their well-deserved success.

Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s Class of 2018 stood proud as they celebrated their success in many ways. For many, graduation day was a culmination of inspirational stories of overcoming borders, hardship, and restrictions, all in the very noble pursuit of attaining a quality education.

CHAIRPERSON Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani

“Hamad Bin Khalifa University plays an integral role in supporting Qatar to create a diverse and sustainable economy, through its commitment to developing forward-thinking intellectual capacity among all our students. Each of our exceptional Class of 2018 students who graduate today carries with them the potential to become a driving force of meaningful change, not only in Qatar but throughout the wider international community. We are also particularly pleased to celebrate the conferring of HBKU’s first PhD and Juris Doctor degrees today. This marks a significant milestone in our journey to providing lifelong learning opportunities and empowering future generations of professionals who are equipped to deal with the challenges of tomorrow. These students are our future and I wish them the very best in all their future endeavors.” More about the Chairperson

HBKU PRESIDENT Dr. Ahmad M. Hasnah

“Today’s graduation ceremony is as much a celebration of the graduates’ academic successes as it is a reminder of their new responsibilities to action the knowledge they have earned and serve society for the development of Qatar. The future looks promising and I am confident that our alumni will reach their goals, powered by their own unique creativity and innovation, and driven by their quest for education and experience.” More about HBKU president

Hear it from the Graduates

Ayatullahi Seidu

“As an international student studying Islamic finance, I always had the notion that my academic aspirations would not be fully realized without a solid understanding of Arabic. Therefore, I took it as a challenge upon myself to engage with my Arabic-speaking colleagues, with the hope of building on my language skills. Making a conscious effort and decision made a world of difference to my studies. When I arrived to HBKU, I had the misconception that all academic interactions would necessitate firm knowledge of the country’s official language.

Ebubekir Siddik Sahin

“When I moved here from Turkey, I immediately noticed the similarity in culture as it is naturally close to ours and due to the countries’ religious and geographic affinity. The atmosphere at HBKU, Education City and Qatar Foundation is structured perfectly for living and studying – we have everything we need and more, including sports facilities, social interaction, study areas, libraries, and innumerable opportunities for friendships on campus. Here, I have enjoyed meals from so many cuisines and met people from so many countries – an experience I cherish every single day.

Kholoud Abu Sharida

“I overcame the border of a permanent physical disability – I have been blind since birth. Education has always been very important to me to change myself and my surroundings for the better and raise society’s awareness of the fact that there is an ability within every disability. Education is a very special leveler. It helped me become a better person and it will help me serve my country, just as it helped me go beyond my disability and enter the world just as able and as capable as any other graduate today.”

Nofe Al-Suwaidi

“One of the greatest challenges we face today as a nation is the ability to represent ourselves and to defend the principles we hold near and dear to the fullest, given the limited number of human capital we have. Our distinguished professors and the international exposure we received through HBKU helped us to overcome this challenge by developing the advocacy skills necessary to represent ourselves as a nation and as individuals, and despite human capital limitations.”

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