Class of 2020

Celebrating our graduates

The graduation for the Class of 2020 will be held virtually on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 9:00 p.m. (Doha)/ 1:00 p.m. (Chicago)

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Northwestern University President 

Morton O. Schapiro 


Morton O. Schapiro is the 16th president of Northwestern University. He is a professor of economics at Northwestern’s Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and also holds appointments in the J. L. Kellogg School of Management and the School of Education and Social Policy.

President Schapiro is among the nation’s leading authorities on the economics of higher education, with particular exper­tise in the area of college financing and affordability and on trends in educational costs and student aid.

President Schapiro has written more than 100 articles and written or edited nine books. The books include Minds Wide Shut: How the New Fundamentalisms Divide Us (with Gary Saul Morson, Princeton University Press, 2021); and Cents and Sensibility: What Economics Can Learn from the Humanities (with Gary Saul Morson, Princeton University Press 2017. He has also authored dozens of essays and commentaries for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, and numerous other publications.

In 2010, President Schapiro was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2017 he was elected to the National Academy of Education.

He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Hofstra University and his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.


Northwestern Qatar Dean and CEO

Marwan M. Kraidy


Marwan M. Kraidy is a scholar of global communication and an authority on Arab media, culture, and politics.

He has authored numerous books and articles on the region’s geopolitics and media culture. Kraidy’s research focuses on the relationships between culture and geopolitics, theories of identity and modernity, and global media systems and industries. 

His latest project is an Andrew Carnegie Fellow endowed book on war machines in the digital age, focusing on how the “Islamic State” leveraged global communication platforms and tactics to spread global hostility and insecurity. Alongside this book, Kraidy is also researching the transnational geopolitics of Turkish media and culture. 

Kraidy earned his bachelor’s degree in communication arts from Notre-Dame University in Louaizé, Lebanon, and his Lebanese baccalaureate in humanities at Saint Joseph College in Antoura, Lebanon. He holds a Ph.D. in mass communication from Ohio University, where he also earned his master’s degree. He is fluent in Arabic, English, and French and conversant in Spanish.

Graduation Speaker

Dena Takruri

Dena Takruri is a senior presenter and producer at AJ+ and one of the channel’s founding members. As the host of the award-winning program Direct From with Dena Takuri, she takes viewers to battlegrounds across the globe – explaining the context behind issues; and is also the host of Checked-in with Dena Takruri where she explores travel trends and how they're affecting local communities around the world. 

Takruri began her career in journalism at the Arab Radio and Television Network as co-host and producer of a weekly program called What's Happening that focused on current political, cultural, and social issues related to Arab-Americans. She has also worked as a producer and host at HuffPost Live, where she was part of the original launch team and covered global affairs, politics, lifestyle, and culture.

Student Speaker

Mariam Al-Dhubhani

Mariam Al-Dhubhani graduated with a degree in journalism. She is an award-winning filmmaker and journalist whose films have been recognized at international festivals, including Carthage, Interfilm, and Oaxaca. Her directorial debut “Just Another Memory” won the Best Documentary Award at the 2018 Ajyal Film Festival, and her second film, “In The Middle,” won the same award in 2019.  She is currently working on a new project, “Let’s Play Soldiers,” which focuses on child soldiers and the war in Yemen.



Shaikha Al-Shaibi

"My favorite memories at NU-Q include learning how to handle a camera and capturing the best moments of our lives.”

Majed Al Naimi

"Success doesn't rush. The greatest reward is the journey."

Wijdan Al-Khateeb

“My favorite memories at NU-Q include attending basketball games, organizing the Creative Media Festival 2020 and the craziness that came with it, attending NU-Q’s Graduation Fair, the entire Comm Exchange experience at @northwesternu + the people I traveled with. These memories led to rewarding experiences like the Studio 20Q Premiere, Media & Research Awards, and the final CMF showcase.”