ADU Celebrates Graduation of 1,762 Students at 13th Commencement Ceremony
14 April 2019
Abu Dhabi University (ADU) celebrated the 13th commencement ceremony for the Spring Class of 2019, with a total of 1,762 graduates. The graduates included 763 undergraduate students, 999 postgraduate students, and students from the military program. During the commencement ceremony, the University honored 792 outstanding students who graduated with distinction.
The commencement ceremonies were attended by Professor Waqar Ahmad, Chancellor of ADU, Mr. Salem Al Dhaheri, Executive Director of Community Relations at ADU, deans of colleges, faculty, administration staff, and parents.
H.E. Ali Saeed Bin Harmal Al Dhaheri, Chairman of ADU's Board of Directors, expressed his pride in celebrating another graduating class of students who enjoyed a supportive and innovative environment that helped them thrive both personally and academically. Al Dhaheri noted that the success of its students is a reflection on the University’s strategy that combines the local culture with international education and best practices.
During the ceremony, Professor Waqar addressed the graduates saying, “We are thankful for the remarkable development we get to witness under the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region, the leadership of our Chairman of the Board, Dr. Ali Saeed bin Harmal Al Dhaheri, and the University’s senior management, as well as the support and competence of our academic faculty and administration staff.”
Professor Waqar added, “Abu Dhabi University takes great pride in the accomplishments of its students - after all, their successes are ultimately ours as well. With our students at the heart of all that we do, and a keen eye on the needs of the economy and public services, Abu Dhabi University focuses all its energy on graduating exemplary professionals and innovators.”
Students, said in their valedictorian speech, “We are proud to be the graduating Class of Spring 2019, but most importantly we are proud that our graduation is taking place during the Year of Tolerance, one of the UAE’s most enduring values that highlight the legacy of our late founding father, Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan, may God bless his soul.”
They added, “We would like to thank the faculty and administration staff here at ADU. We extend a special thanks to all our parents whose guidance and support have been the driving force throughout our journey to success.”
During the commencement ceremony, a short film was screened showcasing the development of ADU. Graduates, the Chancellor, deans, and faculty came together for a group photo to mark the closing of the graduation ceremony.