Under the patronage of His Royal Highness, the Advisor of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Emir of Makkah Region, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Umm Al-Qura University celebrated the graduation of more than 1,600 students at its branch in Al-Qunfudhah Governorate. Earlier, the Dean of Admission and Registration, Dr. Abdul-Rahman Al-Ghamdi, announced the results of the graduates of the UQU branch in Al-Qunfudhah; they numbered 1656 students from the colleges of Computer Science, Engineering, and Health Sciences, in addition to the University College which provides a range of specialties in the diverse sciences of Shari`ah, Arabic Language, and other branches of knowledge.
The graduation took place during a ceremony attended by His Excellency Prof. Abdullah bin Omar Bafail, President of Umm Al-Qura University, His Excellency the Governor of Al-Qunfudhah, Mr. Fada Al-Baqmi, the Vice President for Educational Affairs, Prof. Abdulaziz bin Rashad Suruji, UQU Vice President for Branches, Dr. Abdul-Majeed Al-Ghamdi, and the Adviser to the UQU President and the General Supervisor of the General Administration of Projects, Dr. Muhammad bin Wasil Al-Hazmi. The ceremony was also attended by the deans of the colleges in the province, the students' parents, and a number of eminent personalities and dignitaries of the province.
On the arrival of His Excellency UQU President to the celebration, the Saudi anthem was played. In his speech, His Excellency UQU President welcomed "Al-Qunfudhah governor, the parents of the students and the people of Al-Qunfudhah to the graduation ceremony for the class number 67". He praised the support given by the wise leadership (may Allah safeguard it) to the educational programs offered by the university in such a manner which contributed to harnessing potentials and providing an attractive educational environment for learning and teaching.
His Excellency congratulated the graduates, stressing the importance of sharing the happiness with them after they had completed the requirements to obtain the scientific degree according to the set curricula, courses, plans, and the approved scientific and educational programs. He supplicated Allah to grant them progress and success in serving their community and nation.
His Excellency the Governor of Al-Qunfudhah, Dr. Fada Al-Baqmi, urged the graduates to continue their studies, and contribute to serving and building their nation. He wished for the university buildings to be completed to fit its different scientific, research and entertaining elements and become an attractive environment for students, serving the sons and daughters of Al-Qunfudhah province and its centers and villages.
Hamoud Al-Amri delivered the speech on behalf of the graduates in which he appreciated the support provided by the wise leadership for the plans for the success and excellence of the sons of this nation. He also praised the efforts of the UQU President, Dean of Al-Qunfudhah University College and the Deans of the Colleges in providing an attractive environment for the students, and their honorable presence in their graduation ceremony.
The UQU President and the audience witnessed a students' march and the "Life Joy" operetta. He also honored the excellent students.