Special Feature: inaugural commencement in doha
President Morton Schapiro praised the inaugural graduating class of Northwestern University in Qatar in a ceremony brimming with purple pride -- from the decorations to the joy in the faces of family, friends and Northwestern faculty and staff. Amid tears, cheers and standing ovations, the 36 members of the Class of 2012 made history as the first students at NU-Q to earn Bachelor of Science degrees in journalism and communication. Along the way, they impressed their professors, won numerous awards and grew into young men and women ready for the 21st-century media world.
Take a closer look at four exceptional graduating students who took different paths to NU-Q and whose work there ranges from broadcast video journalism and storytelling to media and documentary production.
On the eve of their graduation from NU-Q, the inaugural class of graduating seniors joined students from seven other foreign and Qatari schools to participate in convocation and pass through “the door to the future.”
Some 153 years after Northwestern conferred its first diplomas on the Evanston campus, 36 students from 17 countries comprise the inaugural graduating class of Northwestern University in Qatar.
President Morton Schapiro presents awards to outstanding NU-Q students for work in and out of the classroom. In addition to the awards, valedictorian Benazir al-Munir Karim addressed the crowd.
A look at NU-Q through the eyes of those visiting from the Evanston campus.
NU-Q dean Everette Dennis says, “I’m bullish on this whole enterprise." He called NU-Q “a one-of-a-kind place” and described this year's graduates as pioneers and a diverse “mosaic” of cultures.
In 2009, Northwestern and the Qatar Foundation for Education, Research and Community Development marked the launch of the Doha campus. Officials, students and alumni traveled to the Arabian gulf for opening ceremonies.