Northwestern University in Qatar holds an annual graduation ceremony and related events to honor NU-Q students who have completed their studies. This year, graduation will be held on May 7.
QF Convocation Rehearsal
President's Awards Ceremony
For NU-Q’s Graduation ceremony, Class of 2018 students will receive six (6) tickets for their family and friends. Tickets must be presented at the door.
Each graduate will receive three (3) QF Convocation tickets. An email be sent when they are ready for pickup. NU-Q is not able to provide you with any more tickets.
The student speaker for the President’s Awards Ceremony will be the winner of the Dean’s Award. We will alert this person in early April and help them write and edit their speech.
To be considered for the student speaker for Graduation, please submit a 4-minute written speech per the below timeline. All submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The student speaker for the Graduation ceremony will be chosen by a panel including: Dean Dennis, Mary Dedinsky, Scott Curtis, Hariclea Zengos, and Keelie Sorel
Timeline to be considered for Graduation student speaker:
|March 16||Deadline for all written speeches to be submitted. No late speeches will be accepted|
|March 19 - 23||Record speeches (you will be contacted)|
|April 5||Student Speaker will be announced|
|April 5 - 13||Chosen speaker edits speech, with faculty assistance|
|Mid - April||Student meets with Dean Dennis to present final speech|
Custom purple rental gowns designed for Northwestern that feature the university crest must be worn by all participants. NU-Q rents regalia for all students. This regalia must be returned to us in order to collect your diploma. You are not allowed to alter this regalia in any manner. Please fill out the following form no later than March 1, 2018 so that we can order the correct regalia for you: https://goo.gl/forms/155y6dgOazRrOMTN2
Tassels that feature the Northwestern seal signet are worn on the left side.
Participants will receive a souvenir stole of gratitude. It is worn during the ceremony and after the ceremony is presented to someone who provided help and support to the graduate – like parents, relatives, or a mentor.
All participants may keep their cap and tassel, but the gown must be returned upon collection of the diploma.
Graduates may purchase a gown instead of renting one
Purchase a gown at: https://academicregalia.herffjones.com/category/detail/categoryID/3305
Ship it to the following address by March 1:
Qatar Support Office
1801 Maple Avenue, Suite 5320
Evanston, IL 60201
Note: This is the Qatar Support Office in Evanston -- they will forward it on with the other regalia. In order to ensure your regalia is here by graduation day, all orders must be made by March 1, at the latest. It takes six weeks to produce custom regalia and one week to ship it to Doha.
If a student wishes to purchase a class ring, visit: http://products.balfour.com/college/CollegeHome.aspx?CollegeId=IL103169
Visas for Family
If you are an international student planning to bring family members into the country for graduation, your family members should enter the country via the visa on arrival system, if they are a national of one of the 80 countries that allow for visa-free entry. The list of the 80 countries is below.
If you have a visitor coming from a country that is not part of the visa-free system, please contact Saeed Mohamed (email@example.com) and provide him with the following documents:
1. Passport copy of that family member
2. Passport copy of the QF-sponsored student
3. RP/QID of QF-sponsored student
Official Visit Visas are free of cost and are valid for 3 months of issue date. Please submit all materials by Thursday, March 1.
Please also note the following:
• Official visit visas are only for immediate family members, such as parent, sibling, spouse, and children, but not for aunt/uncle, grandparents, cousins, etc.
• Each student may only host up to two family members. You may apply for more, but this is at the discretion of Qatar Foundation.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
Countries Eligible for Visa on Arrival
Nationals of the following 33 countries will not require prior visa arrangements and can obtain a visa waiver upon arrival in Qatar. The waiver will be valid for 180 days from the date of issuance and entitle its holder to spend up to 90 days in Qatar, during either a single trip or on multiple trips.
7. Czech Republic
Nationals of the following 47 countries will not require prior visa arrangements and can obtain a visa waiver upon arrival in Qatar. The waiver will be valid for 30 days from the date of issuance and entitle its holder to spend up to 30 days in Qatar, during either a single trip or on multiple trips. This waiver may be extended for a further 30 days.
14. Costa Rica
17. Hong Kong
31. New Zealand
35. San Marino
37. South Africa
38. South Korea
43. United Kingdom
44. United States
46. Vatican City
The Northwestern University in Qatar building is located at the corner of Slope Roundabout/Interchange, across from Sidra Medical & Research Center. Guests should use Education City Gates 2, 3, or 5 to access our campus.
Parking is available next to the Qatar Facilty of Islamic Studies (QFIS) building. From there, you may walk or take a golf buggie to our campus building.