Tropaia Award Exercises 2019

– President John J. DeGioia, secretary, Marie (microphone cuts out). Faculty and staff, parents, ladies and gentlemen, members of the (microphone
cuts out) class of 2019. Welcome to the Tropaia Exercises and senior class (microphone cuts out) of the class of 2019. Tropaia is the ancient Greek
word for (microphone cuts out) in honor of victories in
war and athletic contests. The ancient Greeks believed that their effort and noble victory, whether on the battlefield
or in the athletics stadium was a thing of beauty that deserved to be admired and remembered. Georgetown too honors the courageous academic struggles and successes of its students. We are here today to
acknowledge the students whose efforts have earned
them outstanding achievements. On behalf of the whole
Georgetown community I would like to start with some
well earned congratulations to all graduating seniors. As I know that it required hard work and many sleepless
nights to get here today. Tonight we celebrate the
combination of your achievements and honor your dedication, your spirit and your will. I want to congratulate
you and your families whose unwavering support has
put you on the path to success. This is certainly a big week
for you and your families to enjoy and cherish. And it is a big week for all of us. This year we have the special distinction of celebrating your achievements during the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is a time of reflection, a time for reconnecting
with family and friends, but it’s also a time of increased devotion to a higher purpose, and rededication to the common good. We have had a very rich and eventful year. You have expressed concerns and presented ways to
make your campus better. You have demonstrated your
willingness to think critically, to leave your comfort zones and challenge yourselves
and those around you. And in many ways this
has been an expression of the vibrancy of Georgetown and the true values of higher education. At Georgetown you have been educated to navigate the confines
of history and politics, law and economy, and philosophy, faith and culture. And you have studied
with dedicated professors who challenged you to think critically And to test your convictions through real-life engagement. Events of this year have
provided further evidence than you earned far more
than a degree at Georgetown. In all the classes you’ve taken the knowledge you have acquired is interwoven with
Georgetown’s 230 year legacy. A legacy of serving others, striving for academic excellence, fostering a diverse community and unwavering commitment
to working towards justice. There are a number of honors
we will be giving tonight, including membership in
international honor societies, recognition of the highest GPA’s and Leadership and Service Awards. I would like to give special mention to those whose academic journey included a substantial piece of research for honors in the majors or certificates. These students have made an important contribution
to global knowledge in critical and under-researched areas. Including to mention only some, and you will hear more
about that later tonight. Such topics as, co-modification
of domestic labor, ramification of conflict
on education in Syria. Resistance in Kashmir, sites of stability in war-torn Yemen, and the role of NGOs in
education in Islamabad. Indeed you are stepping out into a world where your thoughts and actions can make real and lasting change. You are graduating at the
critical time in history, full of uncertainty and ambiguity. But you should not worry too much because Georgetown has taught you how to learn to flexibly
adapt to new challenges. And we hope that gaining your degree has lit a spark of curiosity within you that will drive you to continue on your lifelong quest for knowledge. Through your creativity and knowledge you will meet the hopes of your community, your society, your country
and your fellow human beings. Then confronting the issues of the day and constructing a promising tomorrow. After you graduate please visit us and share with us your
stories and your experiences. We look to you to inspire us to show us how you draw on the richness of the past and present to imagine a better and brighter futures. Congratulations Hoyas. Before we commence
today’s awards ceremony, I would like to invite to the lectern Hela Lator, class of 2019 to begin this evening with an invocation. (recites in foreign language) I now have the great honor of inviting Doctor John J. DeGioia, President of Georgetown
University to the podium. – Well thank you very much Dean Dallal, and I wish to express
our appreciation to you for bringing us together this evening and for your leadership and
service in our community. We are grateful to you for the energy and vision that you bring in leading our GUQ campus, so thank you. As we begin, I’d like
to offer my best wishes to those members of our
community here tonight who are observing Ramadan and hope that these days of observance are a source of peace and reflection for you and for your families and friends who are also celebrating. This is a special time of year, and it’s wonderful to be joined by so many members of our community to honor the class of 2019. I wish to extend my
gratitude to Hala for opening our gathering with such
a beautiful invocation. And to our senior class
bigger this evening, Jamal Katib, we look forward to hearing from you a little later in our program. Thank you for offering your
reflections this evening. It’s a pleasure to be with all
of you this evening in Doha, and have the opportunity
to celebrate our graduates along with their families, with our faculty and staff, many distinguished members
of Georgetown community who join us for this
special commencement dinner. I wish to especially recognize several members of our
Georgetown community who are with us this evening. First Joel Hellman, the Dean of the School of Foreign Service. Dean Hellman, thank you for your presence and for all that you do to strengthen the School
of Foreign Service, in this the centennial year of the School of Foreign Service. And if you didn’t know it
was the centennial year, you will not get through
2019 without knowing. We are celebrating something
very special at Georgetown. We are that much more
grateful for your presence and for the efforts to
bring our community together in celebration of this
milestone for our university. I’d also like to recognize Mark Bosco, father Mark Bosco is the vice president for mission and ministry of Georgetown, Marie Madson is the secretary
to our board of directors. Anna-Marie Bianco, our associate vice president
university registrar. And somebody who is known to all of you, John Q. Pierce, who directs
our academic ceremonies as a member of our provosts office. And I know our students
all had the opportunity to celebrate John a little earlier today, given that it is his birthday. (audience applauds) John hasn’t missed one
of these commencements in the years that we’ve been here, and so John, it’s an honor to be able to celebrate this
special evening with you. We are privileged to have this
opportunity to come together and for the strong ties that
exist across our community, both here in Doha and
in the United States. And to all of our faculty and staff who are with us here this evening, I want to thank you, I cannot begin to express our appreciation for all the ways that
you support our students in doing the very best work
that they are capable of, and for all that you
do to help them realize their full promise, their full potential. To help them imagine how
they might positively impact our shared world. To our graduates here tonight, congratulations to your
family and friends, welcome, it’s wonderful to be here with all of you for this very special location
in the lives of our students. Tonight’s ceremony offers us a moment to celebrate the class of 2019. Your talents, your
accomplishments, your service. We are deeply proud of the many ways you have animated the
life of our community. When you first join this community, you arrived from across the
region, from across the world, as young women and men
with individual gifts and a shared passion
for exploring new ideas and new ways of thinking. You came here full of anticipation, maybe even anxiety about the years ahead. But also with excitement for
what the future might hold. And with the help of your
professors and your peers, and your own determination to succeed, you soon found your way. Each of you carving your own unique place here at Georgetown. As members of the class of 2019 you have all left your mark, contributing to our
scholarship and learning, strengthening our mission with
your passion and leadership and engaging in service to change lives, in this community, in this region, and in the world around us. During your time at this place you have embraced the responsibilities of global citizenship, taking advantage of the many opportunities for learning and service at GUQ. And finding new ways to engage deeply with people and events here at Georgetown, across the country and around the world. You have participated in and led programs that
have shaped our community. You have taken advantage
of countless opportunities for intellectual and personal growth. Opportunities to pursue your own research, to develop your own ideas in
business and entrepreneurship. To lead through student government, to pursue journalism, to
develop your experiences, and model the United Nations. And to engage in service to
the community and beyond. And in your own way each of
you has contributed to dialogue and exchange in this community and in this region of our world. Tonight if you look forward
to your commencement, you may be experiencing
some of the same emotions of your first days on campus. But now with all the preparation that our community can provide you, with a greater appreciation
and understanding of yourself, your world, your opportunities, and your responsibilities
as global citizens. It’s important for all of us, your community and your family and friends who were here today and
will be celebrating with us, it’s important for all of us to be with you at this moment To celebrate what this moment means. As your time as students comes to a close we can reflect on all
that you have achieved and all that is meant, all that it means to
have lived these years of your life here as
members of this community. And it’s an honor for all of us to be with you this evening as you begin this next
stage of your journey As you join a global community
of Georgetown alumni. So we all of us here at Georgetown are proud of all that you
have accomplished here of the young women and
men that you have become, and all that you will contribute to our world in the years ahead. So congratulations, it’s an honor to be with you, and I look forward to
celebrating tonight and tomorrow and sharing this moment with you. Thank you very much. – I asked Phoebe Misando, Assistant Professor of History to come forward to present the Special Recognition Certificate
and Honor Societies. – We begin the Tropaia exercises by recognizing students who
have earned a certificate in a secondary concentration in the School of Foreign Service. Certificates designed
to complement students measured fields of study
and allowing students to focus their intellectual inquiry in more depth in particular areas. For earning a certificate in
Arab and Regional Studies, I ask Wineera Al-Sada, Hia Al-Thani, Hala Ede and Roan Yusif to come to the stage to
receive their certificate. Congratulations. (audience cheers and applauds) For earning a certificate
in American Studies I ask Ritika Ramesh to come to the stage to receive her certificate. (audience cheers and applauds) For earning a certificate
in Media and Politics, I ask Nomian Sisoun to come to the stage to receive her certificate. (audience cheers and applauds) Honor societies hold a special place in the celebration of
scholarly excellence. Governed by boards of
accomplished scholars and employing rigorous standards for admission to their ranks, honor societies recognize
excellence and achievement in many academic
disciplines on a national, and indeed international level. Students, when your name is read, please stand and remain standing. Please hold your applause
until the last name is called. The following students have been inducted into Omicron Delta Epsilon, the National Economics Honor Society. Yara Abel Majed. Zaccaria Abe. Abdul Aziz Abunada. Zamira Al-Haj Abed. Mohammed Al-Jaberi. Rafia Al-Jasim. Abdul Raman Al-Mogusib. Obadah Diab. Diala Jandali. Jamal Hatib. Mehira Magub. Riham Mansul. Halid Marafi. Rem Mohammed, and Nomian Sisoun. (audience cheers and applauds) The following students have been inducted into Phi Sigma Alpha, the National Political
Science Honor Society. Cesar Abassi. Mohammed Al-Jaberi. Bashia Al-Mulla, and John Robling. (audience cheers and applauds) The following students have been inducted into Phi Alpha Theta. The National History Honor Society. Mohammed Abu Hawash. Mosen AL-Heni. Mohammed Al-Jaberi. Azma Al-Jahani. Munera Al-Sada. Bashia Al-Mula. Nabila Asero. Catherine Denalovis. Sara El-Amin. Brem Mohammed. Whitaker Ramesh, and John Robling. (audience cheers and applauds) I now invite Father Mark
Bosco to the lectern to present the next honorees. Father Bosco? – Each year a number
of outstanding students from over 35 institutions
of higher education from around the world that owe their foundation and mission to the educational work
of the Jesuit Order. Are chosen for membership in the Jesuit National Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Pnu, based on academic accomplishment, together with a spirit
of generous service. Students, as I call your names please come to the stage to
receive your certificate. Asma El-Jahani. (audience cheers and applauds) Obadah Diab. (audience cheers and applauds) And finally John Robling. (audience cheers and applauds) I now call Jeremy Koons, associate Professor of Philosophy, to present the next honorees. – Phi Beta Kappa is America’s
oldest honor society and remains its most prestigious. Founded in 1776 by students at the College of William
and Mary in Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa is dedicated
to the principle of liberty and a free and unrestricted
pursuit of academic inquiry. Fewer than 1% graduates
from American universities are invited to membership
in Phi Beta Kappa, which has become the
(speaks in foreign language) of outstanding achievement in the liberal arts and sciences. The following students have been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Students, as I call your names please come to the stage to
receive your certificate. Obadah Diab. (audience cheers and applauds) John Robling. (audience cheers and applauds) As with universities throughout the world Georgetown places a Latin phrase on the diplomas of students who have earned high grades throughout their undergraduate
career as a special honor. Laos is the Latin word
for praise or distinction, and the Latin phrase is thus the universal mark of
exceptional academic achievement. This honor is awarded in three ranks. They are in ascending order, Cum Laude, with praise, Magna Cum Laude, with great praise. At tomorrow’s commencement exercises the names of these students will be read along with our honors notation. Students, as I call your name please come to the stage to
receive your certificate. Cum Laude. Shisa Abassi. (audience cheers and applauds) Mozen Al-Hani. (audience cheers and applauds) Azma Al-Jahani. (audience cheers and applauds) Bashia El-Mulla. (audience cheers and applauds) And Shareen Said. (audience cheers and applauds) Magna Cum Laude. Obadah Diab. (audience cheers and applauds) John Robling. (audience applauds) – I now have the honor
to invite to the lectern, Sonia Alonso, Associate
Professor of Government. – Every year students distinguish
themselves in the major by completing a thesis. If a thesis is judged to
be of exceptional quality, then the faculty considers it important to recognize this further distinction. Students, after I call your name read
the title of your thesis and read the name of your faculty mentor. Please come to the stage to collect a book selected for you by your mentor. The following students earned honors in the
culture and politics major. Asma Al-Jahani for her thesis Returned Maids for Sale, the Co-Modification of
Domestic Workers in the Gulf. Her faculty mentor was
Professor Jahim Hamed. Asma’s thesis is recognized by the faculty for its distinction. (audience cheers and applauds) Shereen El-Said for sher
thesis, Beirut is Burning. Her faculty mentor was
Professor Firat Aroch. Shereen’s thesis is recognized by the faculty for its distinction. (audience cheers and applauds) Jesamin Perez, for her theses Suicide Memes, Internet Users and to Future Expressions. Her faculty mentor was
Professor Firat Oroch. (audience cheers and applauds) The following student earned honors in their international economics major. Obadah Dieb. (audience cheers and applauds) For his theses, ramifications
of conflict on education. Assessing Functionality of Schools and Estimating Welfare Costs in Syria. His faculty mentor was
Professor Jack Rosbach. (audience cheers and applauds) The following student earned honors in the international history major. Ritikar Ramesh, for her theses The History and Evolution of American
Torture and Secret Prisons. 1898 to 2008. Her faculty mentor was
Professor Karen Walther. (audience cheers and applauds) Ritika’s thesis is recognized by the faculty for its distinction. The following students earned honors in international politics major. Shisa Abassi for her thesis The Changing Contours of
Resistance in Kashmir. Her faculty mentor was
Professor Oday Chandra. Shisa’s thesis is recognized by the faculty for its distinction. Zubash Chakir, for her theses NGOs as Educators, Civil Society and Primary
Education in Islamabad. Her faculty mentor was
Professor Oday Chandra. (audience cheers and applauds) I now call to the stage Reza Pirbhai, Associate Professor of History. – The student earning this
years outstanding student award demonstrated academic excellence while engaging in great service efforts within the Georgetown
University community. Among many activities, she was the founder and president
of The Future is Female, and a member of the HBKU Council. She wrote a great honest thesis and will graduate tomorrow with Cum Laude. She is someone who exemplifies integrity, honesty, academic excellence and service to others
in all that she does. The faculty is thus
pleased to award this years is outstanding student
award to Asma Al-Jahani. (audience cheers and applauds) The International Economics Faculty has chosen none other than Obadah Diab for the best student prize in international economics. Given the award the IECO faculty thought this would be a fantastic opportunity to use Obadah’s accomplishments to offer a shameless
plug for the IECO major. As many of you know,
Obadah’s senior thesis used data on schools
in post-conflict Syria, and estimated that 40% of students attend schools that fail to deliver a majority of the intended curriculum, or operate more than four days per week. Obadah’s research has received attention in local newspapers, and serves as a great example of how the tools you learn at Georgetown can be used to inform
the broader community in impactful ways. The IECO faculty are
proud to select Obadah for this award and hope that
everybody is inspired by him to take what you’ve learnt at Georgetown and apply it to projects
you’re passionate about. Congratulations Obadah. (audience cheers and applauds) Now my favorite field, the International History
Outstanding Student Award goes to Ritika Ramesh. (audience cheers and applauds) Ritika is a student
whose academic pursuits have been driven by her
passion for criminal justice. She has consistently applied this passion both inside and outside the classroom, including in the work she put into her ambitious honors
thesis in international history when she examined the history
of American torture practices during three different time periods and in three different areas of the world. Her academic work has been a testament to how history can be used as a tool to examine issues of justice, both in the United States and abroad. For all of these reasons and more, as historians we are proud to honor her with the best international
history student award. Congratulations Ritika. (audience cheers and applauds) The International Politics
Outstanding Student Award goes To Mohammed Al-Jaberi. (audience cheers and applauds) Mohammed has been inducted in the prestigious Political
Science Honor Society. He will continue his Georgetown
education on the main campus where he will start the accelerated masters program in Arab studies. Aside from his excellent academics, Mohammed was the student
chair for the Honor Council and was part of a community
engagement program in Greece. Congratulations Mohammed for
this well-deserved award. (audience cheers and applauds) The Certificate in American Studies Award goes to Ritika Ramesh. (audience cheers and applauds) She applied her passion
for criminal justice to her certificate paper
in American Studies by focusing on the important issue of domestic violence committed by American police officers
in the United States. Her paper highlighted an
important yet understudied topic that touches on wider
issues of police brutality. Although her academic
work on criminal justice issues is never a pleasure to read, given its focus we are deeply
inspired by her commitment to highlighting and rectifying injustice. We proudly award the best
Certificate in American Studies Certificate Paper to Ritika Ramesh. (audience cheers and applauds) The certificate in Arab and Regional Studies
Award goes to Halah Ede. (audience cheers and applauds) This project stands out as
presenting a new thesis, quite controversial in some specificities and using social theory to
organize multiple issues and processes underlying Egypt’s history. This is a truly excellent
paper filled with insights. It is very well written,
well argued throughout and very well constructed. It is theoretically quite strong as well. Halah knew perfectly well how
to use Durkheim and Foucault to show was how the
religious discourse is used by the state to maintain
its control over people. Congratulations Halah. (audience cheers and applauds) Right, the Certificate in Media
and Politics Award goes to Normeanne Sison. (audience cheers and applauds) Throughout her certificate studies Normeanne demonstrated great
enthusiasm and commitment. She also excelled in
communicating her vision of a personal journey and
was a fitting first graduate of the new e-portfolio based
media and politics certificate. Congratulations Normeanne. (audience applauds) The Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali Faculty
Award goes to Obadah Diab. (audience cheers and applauds) As we all know by now, Obadah is an outstanding
international economics student. But his academic excellence extended across all disciplines, from theology to history, and of course econometrics. Obadah impressed all his professors and thus it is no surprise that this faculty award goes to one of our most
successful students. Congratulations Obadah. (audience cheers and applauds) I’m pleased to invite Dean Dallal back to the lectern to
present the Dean’s Medal. The Dean’s Medal is awarded
to the graduating senior who earns the highest scholastic average during his or her undergraduate study at Georgetown University of Qatar. Besides his academic excellence, this years recipient
organized the launch of NARWI, a non-profit Islamic
crowdfunding platform, focused on supporting and financing micro entrepreneurs in the
Middle East and North Africa. More recently he did an internship at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs. Guess who? (audience cheers and applauds) Obadah. I’m pleased to invite John Robling, class of 2019 to the lectern to present the honored
GUQ community members. – Thank you all once again for
attending this years Tropaia and the celebration of the class of 2019. And so the first award
that I will be presenting on behalf of the class of 2019 is the Senior Appreciation Award. The recipient of this award
is someone who our class unanimously felt had an
overwhelmingly positive impact on our undergraduate experiences. This is someone who constantly
will greet you with a smile and will always make you
feel welcome and heard. What is more, his depth of knowledge transcends even his
professional discipline. Any question we could bring to him, whether it was about an obscure citation, how to maneuver a foreign archive or about recent technical developments in the computer science
and coding industries, would always be met with
an energetic answer. We are very grateful to
have gotten to know you over the past four years. So on behalf of the senior class committee it is my honor to award the inaugural senior appreciation
award to Robert Laws. (audience cheers and applauds) The next award I will be presenting is the faculty of the year award. This years winner has
frequently been dubbed as Georgetown’s book factory. And this is a title he
has rightfully earned. His academic authority and
wide-ranging experiences constantly command attention, both from within and from
without our community. Still, when he is not
commentating on Al Jazeera, publishing a new book or brokering a Middle East peace deal, he is dedicating his time
to shaping the development and growth of us students. Please welcome me in applauding the winner of this years faculty of the
year award, Mehran Kamrava. (audience cheers and applauds) So I now invite Dean
Dallal back to the lectern for a special recognition award. – It is with a mixture
of gratitude and regret that we announce that
this will be the last year we are graced with the
participation of John Q. Pierce at our Tropaia commencement exercises, following his retirement
after over 40 years of service as University registrar. John’s leaving marks the end of an era for Georgetown University in Qatar. Since the first graduating class received their diplomas in 2009, John has been guiding GUQ’s
commencement ceremonies, and taking part in the
Tropaia award ceremony in celebration of academic excellence. Forged on a new campus and in a dynamic region in the world. 11 years later he has
both witnessed and helped shape the transformation of GUQ into the teaching and research
institution it is today. And while it is with deep sadness that we part ways on that journey, he leaves us at a place
of strength and commitment to Georgetown’s mission and values. Ready to meet the challenges
of the world in conflict. Throughout his tenure as registrar he dedicated his efforts
to supporting the mission of Georgetown University
and upholding Jesuit values by guiding the administrative and logistical support for
Georgetown’s curriculum, and maintaining the integrity of its institutional
and educational records. So on behalf of the students, faculty and staff of GUQ,
and from me personally John, I wish John Q. Pierce all
the best in retirement. We will be ever grateful
for your dedication and the special role you
have played in our community. We offer you a token of our appreciation and wish you the best of luck
in your future endeavors. Please. (audience applauds) – I couldn’t leave without
saying, well actually two words, I’m gonna say one of them, and members of the class of 2019, are gonna say the other word. My word is gonna be in Greek, and your word is gonna be in Latin, and if you don’t say it enthusiastically, maybe you won’t graduate. Hoya. (crowd chants) (audience cheers and applauds) – And now (mumbles) class of 2015 graduate and assistant director of
admissions to the lecture for the Alan Nye induction. – Nearly four years ago at
your new student convocation, the sign of your matriculation as students in Georgetown University
was the academic gown given to you to wear that afternoon. Tonight we can offer you another sign of the next phase of your
life is a Georgetown Hoya. Your class pin. With this pin you are formally inducted into the Alumni Association, and these pins will be distributed by fellow Georgetown alumni
who have joined us today. Receive the pin as a symbol
of your life-long connection, with more than 190,000 Georgetown alumni around the world. I want to highlight that you
are always welcome on campus, here or in Washington. Will Dr. DeJoya, Mr John Pierce, Miss Ola Shaf, Mr Waled Zahur, Miss Niap Rena, Mr. Celeba, Miss Indi and Mr. Aladin Jaludi
please come to the stage. Members of the class of 2019, please rise and form a line
at the left of the stage so your fellow alumni can welcome you into the Georgetown University
Alumni Association. (upbeat choral music) I am pleased to invite Miss Nayla Sherman, Director of Student Life to the lectern to present the Student Development Awards. – The Office of Student Development recognizes the accomplishments
of Georgetown students with our annual senior awards. While we are proud to honor each of your individual achievements, we wish to recognize a few
exceptional contributions to our community through
the following awards. The Ambassador Award is
presented to the senior who has had the most notable engagement with the wider Education City community. The selected student has engaged the whole of Education City, the Qatar community, and beyond these borders by
founding The Future is Female. Which was made possible
by an award she received from the UN Youth Assembly. In addition she has worked
with newly admitted students and has held internships
at Teach for Qatar, and the Supreme Committee
for Delivery and Legacy. As you may have guessed, the recipient is none
other than Asmal Jihani. (audience cheers and applauds) The Georgetown Leadership Award is presented to the senior who has demonstrated excellent leadership in the co-curricular life of GUQ. This years recipient
displayed leadership qualities when she stepped up from
class rep to SJA president. She led the student
government team with grace, insight and purpose. She later became one of
the four founding members of the Ambassador Society
and helped it grow. I’m pleased to announce
this years recipient is Diala Jendali. (audience cheers and applauds) The next award is a
Georgetown Engagement Award, which is presented to the senior who has taken full advantage of the co-curricular life at Georgetown. The recipient has been involved in at least seven student clubs, we stopped counting at some point. Participated in sports, performances, MUN, study abroad and debate. In addition she was selected for the community engagement program and the zones of conflict zones of peace as he studied abroad in London. All of this while working
as a student employee or holding internships off-campus. The recipient is the
inexhaustible Zoba Zakir. (audience cheers and applauds) The Community and Diversity Award is presented to the senior who has exemplified Jesuit values. This student is a bridge builder
who embodies Jesuit values and her careful fellow students and development of their skills. This was evident in her leadership
of Model United Nations, and new student orientation. It is my pleasure to give
this award to Semera Hijab. (audience cheers and applauds) And finally we have the
Blue and Gray Award. Is presented to the senior who most embodies Georgetown
core values and ethos. The awardee has taken
leadership roles and helped the Hoya empowerment and learning program. Model United Nations, student government, and with the Hoya Spirit Club. This student brings issues to our attention and suggests solutions. Her insights and follow
through have been invaluable, and the winner of the award
is Katharine Danilowicz. (audience cheers and applauds) – I’m so sorry, they’re making me do it. Hey Hoya, how long has it been? ♪ It’s been so long since last ♪ (crowd sings off microphone) – We also have some words in the Georgetown leadership track. This is a program that focuses on students experiential learning through their participation
in various Georgetown and community programs and activities. We are proud to recognize four seniors who have earned the highest
honors in this track. Students, when your
name is read please come to the stage and receive
your pin and certificate. And please hold your applause
until the last name is called. Amani Abeda for gold. Rafia Al-Jasum for gold. (audience cheers and applauds) Nomaine Joy Sesand for gold, and Zoba Zakir for gold. Congratulations. (audience cheers and applauds) It’s now time for us to hear
from our senior speaker, Jamal Khatib. (audience cheers and applauds) I still have to introduce him. Jamal studied international
economics at Georgetown and is a student who
excels in the classroom as well as representing Georgetown in other co-curricular activities. His passion is with investment banking which led him to engage
in numerous internships in Boston, New York and Doha. He wrote his economic thesis On the effective education on
Syrian refugee employment, and he will be joining the Boston Consulting Group this summer. As most of you know he’s very talkative, and it is apt that he gets
to talk even more tonight. Without further ado, I welcome Mr. Jamal Khatib to
deliver the student address. – President DeGioia, Dean
Hellman, Dean Dallal, friends, family, esteemed guests, faculty and staff. On behalf of the graduating class of 2019, thank you for all the work we have done to make us reach this day. Now may all the graduates please stand up. All right, you can sit down. I just wanted to see if
I had that kind of power. All right, with this poem
I want you to engage, be like Normaine, the Queen of the stage. (audience cheers and applauds) So now here we are, wow, look at you. We’ve been so far. Finally graduation, four years
of success and frustration. The culmination of our education, a well deserved celebration, saying farewell to Qatar Foundation. (audience applauds) It’s hard not to get a kiss, especially on a momentous day this. Of course from your parents. But what’s past is past, the year went by fast, we finished this journey together, I’m sure we’ll remember it forever. Memories made, friendships created, entire language classes translated. We really have learnt a lot, don’t forget what we’ve been taught, our real test lies in what’s ahead, so Zach, don’t spend too much time in bed. That’s recommended by Dallal, who actually sleeps way more than Zach. Be successful in the eyes of God, he does not mind that you are flood. Pray to him every chance you get, you will not regret. Today is it time to remember, today is a time to reflect,
remember and connect. Freshman year was important to us, Mongolsian’s class (mumbles), I’m kidding Professor. I got an A in your class,
so who am I to talk. We got picked on but not too much. We were still just kids out of touch. We really had lots of potential, but it took four years
to get this credential. We still didn’t get it, it’s tomorrow. Attendance attendance, we survived, 15 minutes, an hour, we arrived. Junior year was more than intense, couldn’t wait for senior year to commence. Okay, now this class was really hard, another A for the report card, I never took his class. We stressed all year over maths class, Hey Tham, did you finally pass? (audience cheers and applauds) If not, Dean Reardon Anderson, pass him, he’s like your grandson. But senior year, what a time, sports were really in their prime, all our Deans had a degrees results. Don’t ask about this please. Fall slowly changed into winter as our final year began to splinter. Applications to jobs brought us stress, month of waiting hoping for yes. When will we retire, that’s a question we all admire, especially Lino Jessum. Although college is now down the drain, don’t ever forget the friends you gained, the lessons your professors explained, or the Hoyas that (mumbles) has drained. Now we might say we it all planned out, but in our minds there’s still some doubt, whether we’re going away or staying home, we all graduates fear the unknown. In reality though, Qatar has been more than a home, in my eyes I swear it’s nicer than Rome. So take your time, don’t live too fast, troubles may come but this too will pass. All of you are diamonds, metal and gold, so make sure you always stay bold. It’s up to you if the
future is female or male, please don’t end up in jail. Have a vision and dream as you may, make sure you seized every single day. Without John I wouldn’t
have written this speech, I promise man I’ll take
you further on a beach. I promised him freshman year, but still. I’ll truly miss you all. So Abdula don’t reject my calls. Now where are all my Abaya girls. (girls scream) All of you are charming pearls. Fatum. Show me the shades. Where are the shades? You know I wish if I can mention you all, but if I do I’ll be
dragged out from this hall. I’m trying to be diplomatic as Ibrahim, but he’s still better. Okay now enough with poetry, thank you professor Ziani, we all think you did a great job, and you made poets of us all. I also think that each one of us has a gift or a talent
that makes us unique, but many of us have not discovered it yet, including myself. So believe in yourself, be daring and try new things. And seek help and guidance
whenever you need it. I was doing investment
banking in New York, my managing director
called me to his office and he closed the door. He said, “Listen son, “my dad once told me there are “two things to worry about in life, “the first is yourself, “and the second don’t worry about it.” Did you get it, well neither did I. While this is true in banking, is not true in life, so be caring, be loving and smile. Mahera, where are you Mahera? (audience cheers and applauds) Because in short life is short, and kindness is the best investment. So be kind and nice to everyone around you and let us all stay in touch. We’ve all grown into powerful
intellectual individuals who have the potential
to change the world, or at least our surroundings. Tables turn bridges burn, you will live and learn
and it’s the journey that teaches you a lot
about you destination. Graduates, try to know
where you’re heading what’s your destination, it might take some time, but you have to be in the
driver’s seat of your own life, because if you’re not life
will drive you God knows where. Now my parents and
relatives please stand up. No this is not like the
first time I promise. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your unconditional love and support. (audience cheers and applauds) We could have never
made it without you all. We love you and we
promise to make you proud. (speaks in foreign language) (audience cheers and applauds) Of course with that we
shouldn’t forget about many of the younger batches
who played a crucial role in our success at Georgetown. So a special thank you to a lot of people, including my close friends, Hamza, Badus and Nasser, where is my roommate? As I always tell my friends, (speaks in foreign language) or in other words May God enrich us with goodness to contribute to the
world with something good. Hoyas, congratulations class of 2019. – Thank you so much. The Tropaia Exercises and
Senior Class Celebration of Georgetown University
School of Foreign Service in Qatar are now concluded. May I invite the award recipients to come to the stage for a group picture.

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