Texas A&M University at Qatar hosted its newest students, the Class of 2018 at the 2014-2015 Academic Convocation ceremony on 21 August 2014 at the Hamad bin Khalifa University Student Center. The event’s keynote speaker was Dr. Dennis Roberts, associate provost at Hamad bin Khalifa University.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dr. Mark H. Weichold, dean and CEO, welcomed the new Class, acknowledged the accomplishments of Texas A&M University at Qatar during the previous 11 years and said, ” We welcome the Class of 2018, who joined our family as Aggie engineering students this week, to this vibrant Texas A&M University at Qatar community focused on leadership, commitment, service and excellence. This academic year marks our second decade in Qatar. The last 11 years has been spent enriching Qatar’s greatest natural resource and that is its people. We have had much to be proud of. In the coming years, as you study, learn and grow people at Texas A&M at Qatar, you will see this branch campus’ dynamic leadership manifested in education, discovery, development and collaboration. You will see it in engagement as we expand in more and ever-diversified partnerships with industry; collaborations as it fosters partnerships with world –renowned academics; enrichment as it continues and grows its commitment to academic excellence; creativity as it produces new knowledge through research and scholarly undertakings; and outreach as it partners with the community to enhance its development with a focus on STEM education.”
“Our mission and vision remain the same,” Weichold continued. “Texas A&M at Qatar is dedicated to one goal and that is enriching Qatar’s greatest natural resource. A goal we accomplish through excellence in teaching, leadership in research, selfless service to the community. Through these fundamental ideals, Texas A&M at Qatar does not simply develop engineers. It develops leaders of character who will guide Qatar’s development and achieve goals of both local and global significance.”
Dr. Roberts addressed the new students and said, “I hope you appreciate that Texas A&M University at Qatar is an esteemed university in Qatar and around the world; joining the ranks of the Aggies should not be taken lightly. You are among a very small number of young people around the world who have the opportunity to engage in university study, and especially at an institution so deeply respected for its rigor and its commitment in supporting and encouraging its students.”
“I wish you well. I also wish you challenge, confusion, and discomfort,” he continued. “Only by working the big questions and seeking to be present, achieving flow, and oscillating the intensity of your work will you be able to achieve what Texas A&M at Qatar knows is your fullest potential.”
Dr. Hamid Parsaei, Texas A&M at Qatar associate dean of Academic Affairs and professor, emceed the event and Student Body President, Dina Mahmoud, welcomed the incoming class.
“It is my great pleasure and honor to welcome the Class of 2018 Aggie engineers. This year marks the 12th class of Aggie engineers admitted to Texas A&M at Qatar. We are deeply committed to educating the next generation – our students – to become global citizens. We aim to provide the very best education and learning experiences and to develop them as leaders and lifelong learners ready to meet the challenges of our ever-changing and complex world. We are celebrating the beginning of a new academic year that promises to bring many successes to Texas A&M at Qatar.” Dr. Parsaei said.
“On behalf of the Student Body Government, we are very excited for this year’s Academic Convocation. It is a time when we welcome the incoming freshman class into our great Aggie family. I am incredibly thrilled to be part of this momentous occasion as I start my final year at Texas A&M.” Mahmoud said.
The program recognized both undergraduate and graduate classes and acknowledged Distinguished Student List awardees and Dean’s Honor Roll recipients from the previous fall and spring semesters.
“What a great feeling to start the new academic year, seeing our old friends and the fresh new faces,” said Mai Hamed, an award recipient and Mechanical Engineering major. “Things get more challenging the more the year progresses but it’s always an exhilarating experience. These are the years to remember.”