Class of 2021

Celebrating our graduates

The graduation for the Class of 2021 will be held virtually on Monday, May 3, 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

Dima Khatib

Dima Khatib directs the award-winning AJ+ digital channel in its four language-driven versions: English, Arabic, Spanish and French. The only female executive within Al Jazeera, she joined the network back in 1997 as a junior broadcast journalist in Qatar. Later on, Dima set up bureaus in China and Venezuela and was the first female Al Jazeera bureau chief.

In 25 years, she has reported from over 30 countries, interviewing presidents and people from all walks of life. Khatib has been classified among the most influential Arabs on social media. She speaks eight languages and has one published book in Arabic, Love Refugee.



Student Speaker

Razan Ghadban

Razan Ghadban is graduating with a degree in journalism and a certificate in strategic communication. During her time at Northwestern Qatar, Ghadban served as a teaching and research assistant and completed internships with AJ+ Qatar and the Gulf Times. 

Her student work received multiple nominations for awards, and she was involved in the production of award-winning Studio 20Q documentaries and films.




Abdulla Al Mana

"The experience and knowledge I have gained at NU-Q over the past few years made me ready for the next phase of my life."

Haya Abu Ajeeneh

"It has taught me that I can go further and that I constantly need to push myself because I’m always capable of doing way more than I think I can."

Danna Takriti

"Honestly, one of the best parts about going to NU-Q for me was the people. I was able to meet friends for life, and I’ll forever cherish the memories I made in the process."