- Ceremony to also include welcome remarks by William R. Berkley, Chair, NYU Board of Trustees
Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Cabinet Member and the UAE’s Minister of State for Tolerance will deliver keynote remarks at NYU Abu Dhabi’s fourth graduation ceremony on May 24, 2017 at the University’s campus on Saadiyat Island.
This year’s graduating class comprises over 150 students from around 60 countries. The graduating class represents some of the world’s leading young minds in the fields of arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences.
Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi was appointed the Minister of State for Tolerance in February 2016, with the primary mission to promote tolerance and instil its core principles as a fundamental value in the UAE community and the world.
NYUAD Vice Chancellor Al Bloom announced: “We are deeply privileged that Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Cabinet Member and Minister of State for Tolerance of the UAE, and President of Zayed University, has accepted our invitation to deliver the keynote address at our 2017 Commencement. Her Excellency was appointed Minister of Economy in 2004 by His Highness Sheikh Zayed, as the first woman in a ministerial role in the UAE. From 2008-13 she served as Minister of Foreign Trade, and then from 2013-16 as Minister of International Cooperation and Development. Throughout her extraordinary career, Her Excellency has been a dedicated sponsor of trade and diplomacy in the service of creating a more cooperative and peaceful world, a leading voice for the values of diversity, inclusion, cross-cultural understanding and environmental sustainability, and a passionate advocate for the critical role of education in addressing the key issues of this century. Her Excellency’s participation in our 2017 Commencement will powerfully reinforce this university’s mission and offer a model of inspirational leadership for a global world. Our community will be truly honored by her presence.”