Under the patronage of Her Highness Dr. Sheikha Shamma Bint Mohammed Bin Khaled Al Nahyan, the HCT-Al Ain Women’s campus (AAW) celebrated the class of 2017’s graduation at an outstanding ceremony on April 11, 2018.
The first graduating class of Aeronautical Engineering graduated this year and altogether there was a total of 204 graduates. Bachelor degree holders in Engineering Technology, Business, Computer Information Service and Education were represented and took part in the event at the Zayed Library Theater in Al Ain.
The noble gathering was comprised of eminent luminaries, including H.H. Dr Sheikha Shamma Bint Mohammed Bin Khaled Al Nahyan, Chairperson of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khaled Al Nahyan Cultural Centre, Sheikha Khulood Al Mualla, HCT DVC Administrative Affairs and a member of the HCT Board of Trustees, Mrs Hamsa Saleh Al Ammari, AAW Director, and members of the AAW administrative and teaching staff.
The opening remarks of HH Dr Sheikha Shamma Bint Mohammed Bin Khaled Al Nahyan were motivating and inspiring words for graduates about knocking on the doors of opportunity.
“I have been with you before but today is different. Today I feel that I belong to this place as I have become part of it. Today, you and your parents, teachers and myself are all delighted to share this moment with you and to celebrate the end of your journey here,” Her Highness said.
“Life is a process of stages. Each stage’s ending is another opportunity for a new stage in life. Today you have finished one part of your life and have come to a very different new challenge. It is time to begin this new journey of self-validation following years of teaching and learning. Your new goal is self-affirmation, which I am positive all of you will excel in,” she said. “With you, our graduates and the kind citizens of this beloved land, the UAE will remain a homeland for tolerance, goodness and civilization that will offer the world its light and life to leave its traces in the history of mankind under the wise leadership of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and their brothers, the Rulers of the UAE. God protects them all and our dear homeland the United Arab Emirates.”
Mrs. Hamsa Saleh Al Ammari, AAW Director, on behalf of Sheikha Khulood Al Mualla, said to the enthusiastic audience:
“The celebration of graduation this year has a special flavor. This year is the Year of Zayed, may his soul rest in peace, our founding leader who laid a strong foundation for building a nation of high achievers and this is the foundation of UAE strength. Every day brings new achievements to the country’s record and supports its regional and global leadership. Sheikh Zayed, may his soul rest in peace, has invested in mankind and made this investment the foundation of UAE. The UAE is a unique model established by the thoughts of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and destined today to become the homeland of success, leadership and international excellence,” Mrs. Hamsa said.
“The wise leadership of the UAE has led us to take responsibility for the largest institution of higher education in the country and tasked us with providing qualitative competencies for future graduates. Our leadership has provided us with all kinds of support, and it is from this confidence that the Higher Colleges of Technology have embarked on a substantial leap of their educational processes in line with changes of the era as well as challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to develop our strategic vision of the second generation 2017/2021,” she added.
“In this year, the Year of Zayed, I say to my daughters the graduates, you are the daughters of Zayed, the girls of this country, who were given to generously and whose confidence in you and your abilities has gifted you all the opportunity needed to serve your country. We’re honored to graduate all of you today and we’re certain you’ll carry on from here to future successes,” she concluded.
Abeer Alsaiari, AAW Business graduate, was ecstatic after delivering the graduation speech on behalf of her peers.
“My fellow graduates. The time has come to invest the years we have spent learning on campus at Higher Colleges of Technology. Let us use our knowledge as fuel for enthusiastically pursuing achievement and excellence in all our fields of work. We realize that the world is accelerating and growing. We must not waste any time and we should go with confidence, commitment and dedication for the building of the future. Our homeland is our responsibility and we are all soldiers in our future positions. We will serve it with all our energy in order to remain a leading nation for us and for future generations,” Abeer said.
The graduates expressed their loyalty and devotion to the UAE, as well as the leaders of the country, and asked that the almighty protect them all and provide them with the guidance to serve the country in the best possible way.