Doha, – Texas A and M University at Qatar has celebrated the graduation of its largest class ever in a ceremony at the Qatar National Convention Centre.

About 110 students received their bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and petroleum engineering during the branch campus’ annual commencement ceremony. In addition, Texas A and M at Qatar awarded 14 Master of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in chemical engineering.

Commenting on the occasion, Dean of Texas A and M at Qatar Dr. Cesar O. Malave expressed pride to serve as dean for Texas A and M at Qatar’s 10th commencement ceremony. A dream that started with 29 students in the fall 2003 has now achieved a major milestone.

“All the credit goes to the faculty and staff who have dedicated their professional lives to the development of these amazing leaders. What you see today are fearless engineering leaders that will transform our world: Aggie engineers who will work hard to tackle the challenges of the 21st century and make our world a better place for all,” he said.

For his part, President of ConocoPhillips Qatar and a Class of 1986 graduate of Texas A and M University J. Todd Creeger, who the night’s guest speaker, congratulated graduates for earning a college degree, something that only seven percent of adults can claim.

He underlined that the knowledge the graduates have gained, and the wisdom to apply this knowledge towards worthwhile pursuits, is something of priceless value that no one can ever take away.

“Knowledge empowers us, and bestows on us a certain responsibility to people other than ourselves. Your generation will be called upon to deal with a host of pressing issues population growth, affordable energy, clean water, and improved sustainability among them. Graduates will now be challenged to put their skills to work to solve some of the world’s greatest problems. And I know when engineers are challenged, they respond. As engineers, you not only have the ability to make the world a better place, you have the responsibility to do so, and this responsibility is worth embracing,” he said.

Creeger also gave graduates three pieces of advice he has learned throughout his career: to leverage their membership in the Aggie Network, to be bold and to choose to embrace each new day with a positive attitude, because life is short.

Tariq Atiyah, one of the night’s recipients of a degree in mechanical engineering expressed delight to successfully complete the journey at Texas A and M at Qatar, noting that he and his friends are about to embark on a new one, a more demanding one.

“When life challenges us we must rise above the challenge. When we are troubled by the ever-changing, uncontrollable, unstable nature of life we must continue to rise. We must not let these challenges stifle us but rather overcome them with grace and confidence,” he stressed. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency