Texas A&M University At Qatar Celebrates Graduates
Texas A&M University at Qatar graduated 107 engineers on Wednesday. The Class of 2021 included 89 Aggies who received bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and petroleum engineering.
Twenty-two graduates were recognized as Undergraduate Research Scholars of Texas A&M’s main campus in College Station and 35 students graduated with Latin honors. Texas A&M at Qatar also awarded 18 master’s degrees in chemical engineering.
Of the total graduating class, 57 percent is female and 51 percent are Qatari. Graduates represented 19 nationalities.
To date, Texas A&M at Qatar has granted a total of 1,268 degrees.
Hourig Ohanian, a Class of 2021 mechanical engineering graduate, addressed her classmates and fellow graduates on behalf of the student body. She acknowledged the difficulties she and her graduates have faced, particularly in the past two years, but congratulated her classmates on their achievements.
“Today, we accomplished one of the biggest milestones in our lives,” Ohanian said. “This is the point where we carry the title ‘engineer.’ We are not only responsible for advancing technology, or creating graphs and codes, drilling, designing cars and buildings. We are responsible for the safety and well-being of the public, the environment, and for the future of our community.”
She continued, “However, we also carry another important title — ‘Aggie engineer.’ We have been taught more than just what was said in classrooms. We have been taught the importance of diversity, sociability, sustainability, management, creation and social awareness. I hope that each and every one of you carry and improve on the technical knowledge that you have gained in and out of these classrooms, as well as the Aggie core values that we have been taught over the years for the rest of your lives, and never forget that the Aggie family is always there for you. You should all be very proud of yourselves after all the hard work, and it is truly an honor to be called an Aggie engineer.”
During the ceremony, Amanda Roberts Mather — a Class of 2000 graduate of Texas A&M University and the assistant director of academic services at Texas A&M at Qatar — inducted the graduates into The Association of Former Students, Texas A&M’s alumni organization that comprises the more than 500,000 graduates of the university and is known worldwide as the Aggie Network.
César Octavio Malavé, dean of Texas A&M at Qatar, presided over the ceremony. He congratulated the graduates and reminded them of the unique position each holds in the world as a part of the global Aggie Network.
“You have earned a degree from one of the top engineering programs in the world,” Malavé said, “and this is an amazing achievement. Throughout your studies, you have persevered and you have succeeded. Today is proof of that success. That you have reached this day means that you are ready to leave university behind and head on to your next adventures. With challenge comes change, and each of you has shown your strength and resilience, and your commitment to being an engineering leader in Qatar. As you go forward tonight, remember you are now among more than 500,000 graduates of Texas A&M University around the world. Show the world how Aggies live their core values — not just in the workplace, but also in your communities and your families. You are engineering leaders in Qatar, and we are so proud of you.”
Watch the recording of the event at https://2021.tamu.qa.
About Texas A&M University at Qatar
Since 2003, Texas A&M University has offered undergraduate degrees in chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and petroleum engineering in Qatar Foundation’s Education City, and graduate degrees in chemical engineering since fall 2011. Texas A&M at Qatar has awarded nearly 1,270 degrees. All four undergraduate engineering degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Faculty from around the world are attracted to Texas A&M at Qatar to educate the next generation of engineering leaders in Qatar and to conduct research valued at more than $270.6 million that address issues important to the State of Qatar. Visit www.qatar.tamu.edu.