HOPE Qatar celebrates graduation ceremony
25 May 2017 - 9:48
HOPE Qatar, centre for the differently-abled children, marked its first graduation ceremony at a special function in Doha this week.
In its 12th year since inception, this was the first ever graduation ceremony marking the success of eight of its students with special needs who had appeared successfully for various examinations. While some of the students had appeared for 12th and 10th standard examinations under the Indian National Open School system, others received their diplomas for various computer diploma programmes.
Speaking at the ceremony, the chief guest Ambassador of India to Qatar P Kumaran commended the students on their achievements and wished them success in the future. Dr Rajeev Thomas, the founder and advisory board member of HOPE Qatar, in his address reminded students that they should never let anyone prevent them from striving for greater achievements in spite of any physical or intellectual challenges that they may have. Others who spoke at the occasion included Dr Adv Nizar Kochery, the President of HOPE Qatar advisory board, and Dr Ciby Mathew, the director of HOPE Qatar. P N Baburajan, Vice-President of Indian Business Professionals Network (IBPN), was the special guest.
Aaditya Prakash, senior student of HOPE Qatar who was a co-valedictorian spoke to the audience and recalled the role of his teachers who had helped him overcome various challenges and embedded in him the confidence to face the board exams successfully. Ayman Sajid, another senior student who was a co-valedictorian expressed sincere thanks on behalf of all the graduating students and reminded his batch mates to never give up.
The event began with the graduation procession by the students. Certificates were awarded to the graduates by the Indian envoy. Two of the teachers Dr Ciby Mathew and Geetha Shoji were also awarded for long dedicated service of 12 years to the centre and its students.