22 June 2017
HH Sheikha Jawaher Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of HH Sheikh Dr. Sultain Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, was the special guest of honor at the graduation ceremony of University of Sharjah Spring batch of female graduates of 2017. HH handed over the certificates to the graduates in two consecutive ceremonies held in the University Hall.
HH Sheikha Jawaher congratulated the 1572 graduates from the colleges of Sharia and Islamic Studies, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Law, Fine Arts and Design, Communication, Sciences and the Community College.
The first graduation ceremony was attended by HE Shamma Al Mazroui, Minister of Youth, Dr. Salama Al Rahoomi, Dean of Women's Student Affairs, University representative, Ms. Noura Al Nouman, the Chief Executive Officer of the office of HH Sheikha Jawaher, Dr. Muhadditha Al Hashimi, Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), Dr. Aisha Al Sayyar, the Secretary General of the Council of Arab Business Women, Sheikha Aldimas, former member of the Advisory Board of Sharjah government, as well as a number of administrative staff, faculty members, mothers of the graduates and other dignitaries.
Dr. Salama Al Rahoomi, on behalf of the Chancellor, gave a speech in which she thanked HH the Ruler of Sharjah and HH Sheikha Jawaher for their role in helping this distinguished group of graduates, who have immensely enriched their knowledge and education. She said this group of students acquired the broader knowledge and skills in their relevant fields of study and the expertise needed in the working place and in life. This is what they were prepared for by our competent and efficient colleagues at UoS, in the science halls and laboratories, she added. She addressed the graduates saying : "You have acquired not only the knowledge you need to meet the demands of your life, but also the ability to do so effectively and creatively, because our graduates are highly qualified and ready for work. We have witnessed this with previous batches of graduates, and we are so proud that you will leave the classrooms not only with qualifications, but with a sense of gratitude and compassion. You need to have full trust in God, Who has blessed you with success and progress. You also need to trust yourselves, your education, your well-established skills and experiences."
HE Shamma Al Mazrui, Minister of Youth, thanked HH the Ruler of Sharjah and HH Sheikha Jawaher for the utmost care they have been giving to the youth. She said that HH Sheikha Jawaher was not just celebrating the birth of a generation of graduates in Sharjah, but the empowerment of all the women in the nation." She added that "the youth, whose ancestors built one of the greatest civilizations, are certainly capable of rebuilding and changing reality as well as competing with others throughout the world." This is what HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of UAE, Prime Minster and Ruler of Dubai, has said, HE the Minister highlighted. "HH supports young people in all fields and has demonstrated this with his firm approach and wise leadership." The Minister further addressed the graduates: "You are the ones who the country invests in and you are the secret of its success. Investing in you is investing in the future. Our leaders invest in educating the young generations, training them and employing them so they may become leaders themselves and ensure that UAE becomes a model in leadership. We are responsible for promoting our image so that we may become leaders in the future, like HH Sheikha Jawaher. She has compassionately taken every opportunity to support young people and women, in action, not just in mere words."
HE the Minister proceeded to thank HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah, President of the University of Sharjah, stressing that "we benefit every day from his knowledge, wisdom and interest in education and our gratitude cannot truly be expressed in words." The Minister then told the graduates: "The real journey begins today in developing the image of the ambitious young Emirati who is able to compete with their peers in all fields in all countries around the world. This can be made possible through continuous learning, proper vocational training, and the values and habits learned from the father of this nation, HH Sheikh Zayed."
She concluded her speech by saying: "God blessed us with one of the most beautiful countries, as well as ones of the most wonderful leaders who will reach the utmost level of happiness when seeing their young generations attain the highest possible status, and will follow up on the projects that are aimed to serve the children, women, youth, the elderly and people with disabilities."
In her speech, Ms. Khuloud Saleh Al Hammadi, a student from the College of Engineering, said: "The University of Sharjah has been and continues to seek raising the intellectual and educational levels of its students and supporting them in various fields of education. It also seeks to build a leading image by providing diverse experiences given through student activities, cultural clubs and educational societies. This all came as a result of the efforts put forth to achieve the vision of HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, in establishing a high rank for UoS amongst other universities. We thank God for these blessings and also thank the administration of this university."
She also thanked HH Sheikha Jawaher, who she said has not spared any bit of her guidance and advice and who honored us and shared with us these moments of joy. The student extended her thanks to the Chancellor of the University, Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, for his continuous support to the students in all fields. She then thanked the professors whose generous minds and hands bore the responsibility for bestowing knowledge, and who offered the advice and encouragement the students really needed. She also invited her fellow graduates to thank their mothers for all that they have done. She ended her speech by urging herself and her colleagues to maintain good morals, to complete their educational journey and to be the best representatives of their university. She said that they are the ones responsible for building the future of their respective countries, being the best of those who build these countries, and being model honorable women who are aware of their identity, values and culture.
During the second day of the graduation celebrations, the Guest of Honor, Saleha Gabesh, Director of the Media and Culture Office of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, addressed the graduates, reviewing aspects of her private experience in the field of work, life and a small dream that resulted in a great project that is centered on the Arabic language. She stressed that the energy of creativity at work is the energy owned by each person, and "we have to discover it and then apply it to our field of work, she said. Addressing the graduates, she said: "Don't give up on any experience unless you have left a mark that will remain over time; your creativity in any work means adding your own touch of energy and ideas, breaking the familiar patterns, and doing positive things. This is what makes you unique in your way of thinking."
She also urged them to volunteer to make a positive difference in the community as volunteering will help them learn positive life lessons, build relationships, work together, share ideas, and become more responsible members of the society. She asked them to devote more time to volunteering, to differentiate between giving to others and giving to yourself. She concluded with this advice for the female graduates: "Choose a goal that falls in line with your interests, has to do with the field of work you want to enter, will reflect who you are, and will help you achieve your dreams. Be an icon of love and try to spread peace and love."