Al Jazeera Year 12 Students – Graduation

Al Jazeera Academy Year 12 Students – Graduation Celebration for the Whole Community

In a vibrant and prestigious Graduation ceremony last week, Year 12 students from Al Jazeera Academy said farewell to the Class of 2019. The event was staged at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Such was the popularity of the event that the large events ballroom could scarcely accommodate the many guests, who included proud parents, extended family, teachers, dignitaries and Ta’allum Leaders.

Guests of Honour for the evening included the Ta’allum Chairman Mr Ghanim bin Sadd Al Sadd, CEO Mr Ahmed Al Mannai and the Chairman of the Ooredoo Company Mr Abdulla Al Thani from Ooredoo, father of Deputy Head boy Fahad Al Thani. The whole event was kindly sponsored by Ooredoo.

Ms Hadeel Farawi, Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening, announced the formal procession of Al Jazeera Academy Year 12 leaving students to enter the hall resplendent in their graduation gowns.

There followed a number of inspirational speeches. Sheldon Smith, the AJA Principal urged students to remain true to their Islamic roots and their integrity. ‘There are many characteristics by which you can be identified.  The most obvious of these noble characteristics are honesty of character and truthfulness of speech.  Prophet Mohammad is a perfect example of honesty.’ Ms. Samira Rokadia, the popular AJA Deputy Headteacher who is moving on after 4 successful years, warmly praised the leaving students for their hard work and humanity.

Dr Mohammed Saefan proudly announced the success of all 3 Ta’allum academies in gaining WASC Accreditation and congratulated Al Jazeera Academy on their maximum 6 year tenure.

Guest of Honour, Mr. Abdulla Al Thani’s speech stressed teamwork as the key component in building a successful future.

Special Prizes were awarded to students for their achievements in the fields of Academic success, Leadership and Islamic Values. In a humorous video, students reminisced about their school days, paid tribute to those who had helped them along the way and looked forward with great anticipation and optimism to an exciting future which will surely befall them.

Student Fatima Al Suweiden spoke for all students when she movingly thanked all parents for their devotion and patience over the years.

In a remarkable story of family success, Fatima Al Khalaf became the youngest ever graduand at AJA, watched on by older sister and brother, both AJA alumni; Dana, who is studying Medicine at Weill Cornell and brother Salem who is a Law student in London. Another former AJA student, Hamdi Al Aswadi, who attended Aviation Academy and is now completing his Commercial Pilot’s qualification urged students to fully appreciate the opportunities they have now and to make the most of them.

Dr Al Kuwari, whose daughter is in Year 12, gave a rousing speech for all students and especially invoked the girls to follow the message of inspiration and empowerment of Her Highness Sheikha Moza.

The final act of a wonderful evening was the ceremonial ‘throwing of the caps.’

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