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25 September 2011 10:56 am

TAMUQ holds academic convocation ceremony

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Texas A&M University at Qatar has hosted its first-year students, their families, returning students and its faculty and staff at an academic convocation ceremony at the Hamad bin Khalifa University Student Centre Ballroom. The ceremony also recognised the university’s honour students, who earned a GPA of over 3.5 in the previous academic year. Speaking in the ceremony, dean and CEO Dr Mark Weichold, said the academic convocation inaugurates the ninth year for Texas A&M University’s Qatar campus. “We will continue to be valuable to Qatar because the university enthusiastically provides solutions and outcomes that directly meet this nation’s needs for successful growth and development.” Associate professor of chemistry and keynote speaker for the ceremony Dr Hassan Bazzi described university education as a non-spontaneous chemical reaction, which requires input of energy. “Its reagents are faculty, staff and students who share a spirit of co-operation and mutual respect. The reaction occurs as we move knowledge like electrons to form strong minds and instil a broad sense of ethics. “This reaction’s outcome, or yield, is university graduates who are equipped with knowledge and life skills that enable them to contribute to the world around them. Dr Bazzi urged his colleagues and students to challenge themselves to be the strongest reagent in this very important endeavour. Gulf Times