The School of Foreign Service in Qatar graduated its ninth senior class in a commencement ceremony featuring members of the Qatari royal family and university officials May 4.
This year’s graduating class consisted of 62 students, with 40 women and 22 men receiving the Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree, the same degree given to students in the SFS on the main campus.
The BSFS degree program trains students to resolve important global issues and develops their knowledge of the world in combination with critical thinking and communication skills.
This year’s commencement follows last year’s record-high graduating class size of 68 students. The class of 2017 will join more than 340 graduates who have graduated from the university since its opening in Qatar’s Education City in 2005.
His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, a member of the Qatari royal family and a member of Georgetown University’s board of directors, gave the commencement address. Sheikh Abdulla also serves as an adviser to the Amiri Diwan of Qatar, the center of the country’s government.
Sheikh Abdulla discussed the importance of cooperation and said it was an integral component to success, much like how Qatar relies on cooperation with neighboring states in an effort to bring progress in the Arab world.
“Great achievements require collaboration,” Sheikh Abdulla said.
Sheikh Abdulla said he was proud watching the members of the class of 2017 overcome challenges during their undergraduate careers.
“They broke through obstacles on the road to graduation and the dreams that lie beyond,” Sheikh Abdulla said.
SFS-Q Dean James Reardon-Anderson said commencement marks the graduating class moving closer to making a difference in the world.
“It is a time when we reflect on the achievements of our senior students,” Reardon-Anderson said in his commencement address. “I want to congratulate the Class of 2017 on their accomplishments to date, and wish them well for the future, as they continue on the path to being lifelong learners, and engage the unpredictable world that lies before them.”
University President John J. DeGioia travelled to Qatar along with other members of the university leadership to attend the event.
DeGioia said he hopes that the graduates will use their education to carry out Georgetown’s mission and make the world a better place for everyone.
“During their time here at Georgetown, our students have contributed to our scholarship and learning in significant ways, enlivening our mission with their passion and talents, and engaging in service to impact the lives of people across our world,” DeGioia said. “We are deeply proud of all they have accomplished and who they have become, and wish them all the best as they begin this next stage of their journey.”