Carnegie Mellon University
May 11, 2023

Carnegie Mellon Qatar Celebrates 104 New Graduates

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Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q), a Qatar Foundation partner university, celebrated the graduation of 104 students at a ceremony in Education City. The graduates received their diplomas in front of faculty, family, friends, alumni and special guests.

The Class of 2023 includes graduates from 32 countries, including more than 30 Qatari nationals.

Michael Trick, dean of CMU-Q, addressed the graduates: “Class of 2023, the world will continue to change in unexpected ways, but you know how to face change and drive progress in a way that will make the world a better place.” 

“I am honored to be here tonight to celebrate this milestone with you. And remember that you will always have a home here at Carnegie Mellon,” Trick said.

Graduates on stage
Graduates received their diplomas in biological sciences, business administration, computational biology, computer science, or information systems.
CMU President Farnam Jahanian
President Farnam Jahanian
Dean Michael Trick
Dean Michael Trick

Carnegie Mellon University President Farnam Jahanian also had words of encouragement for the Class of 2023. 

“Graduates, the world is eagerly awaiting to hear what you have to say and to absorb the impact of your work. I am confident that when you speak, you will speak with confidence and with kindness. And when you act, you will act responsibly, applying your talents and intellect for widespread benefit.”

CMU-Q announced a number of awards during the ceremony. Ihab Younis, associate teaching professor of biological sciences, received the Meritorious Teaching Award. The dean recognized five Qatar Campus Scholars, Fatima Alhamadi, Ihsane Sadiki, Nour Ali, Mohammed Al-Jawaheri, and Premices Irakoze, with Alhamadi and Al-Jawaheri also named as Andrew Carnegie Society Scholars. 

As well, five students received Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards for placing first in their respective programs: Zoya Farooqui for biological sciences, Ekram Bouhroum for business administration, Nour Tamer Elsayed Ali for computational biology, Abubakr Ahmed Bakri Mohamed for computer science, and Erin Susan Thomas for information systems.

Representing the class were Latifa Alnaimi as poem reader and Malak Alseaf as the student speaker.

“Class of 2023, I want you to take a deep breath with me. We made it! We are a very special batch of students and I am honored to stand here today to represent us,” Alseaf said.

The Class of 2023 includes graduates in biological sciences, business administration, computational biology, computer science and information systems.

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