Dinner first, then down to academic duties
Sheikha Athba Al Thani, adviser to the CEO of Qatar Diar-Vinci Construction, gave the keynote address, speaking as both mother and business person.
“I have seen the changes in my daughter’s personality -- the way that she has developed her independence in a very short time -- and for that I thank Carnegie Mellon for their support,” Al Thani said.
Ilker Baybars, dean and CEO of CMU-Q, reminded the students that they have faculty to call upon for guidance.
“Throughout your studies, your professors will challenge you, support you and guide you,” Baybars said. “They are experts in their fields, and they are also dedicated educators. I encourage you to reach out, ask questions, and use the full resources we have available for you.”
One student, Shouq Al-Khuzaei, said both she and her parents were proud of her early acceptance.
“I really worked hard, and it was very stressful, but it ended well," she said.