“The word impossible is not in the leaders’ dictionaries.
- His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed
No matter how big the challenges, strong faith, determination and resolve will overcome them.”
Class of 2020… You’ve been dreaming about that big day…the day you walk across that stage to cheers and applause of friends and loved ones, but COVID-19 has given you a graduation you will never forget. Despite the absence of that big ceremony with all its splendor and grandeur, this day remains special and original. There is a first time for everything, and you were a part of it.
Graduating is a big achievement under any circumstances, and as unique and as new as these circumstances are, you must accept them, learn from them and face them with grit and courage. Every year, we remind our graduates that they would be delving into the unknown, that they will face challenges or that there will be obstacles. There is no time like today to say that there is so much uncertainty, and this global pandemic has reordered our way of being, but be as we’ve always known you to be. Be the class that will step into the future with confidence and vision. You have guts and ingenuity, and this is what will guide you and make you succeed.
Our year together ends so differently than expected, but in true bold fashion, you faced our reality with courage and strength. Don’t let the disorder that this pandemic has created stop you from reaching your goal with discipline and grace. This is an achievement that you worked so hard to achieve, and you should be proud.
As this year comes to a close, think about the lessons you gained during your years at Al Mawakeb and ISAS. What will you do with what you’ve learned? We know we will always remember and cherish what we learned from you.
The disappointments of missing a live graduation will pass very quick… You will have plenty of time to spend with your friends and loved ones once this is over. Our door will forever remain open for you. You’ve worked so hard to get to this point. It is time to go to a new place, to chase every dream, to accept every challenge, to strive for greatness, to honor every promise, and to give back to your community. You will soon join the AMSI alumni community and, with one another, you will come out stronger and be the mentors for the generations that will follow your footsteps. We cannot wait until you become our voices… our AMSI Voices.
Our advice to you is that you stay focused in your vision and learn from the unique position that you are in. Believe and know that you can do it. Embrace your challenge!
Class of 2020… Today we celebrate YOU! Let the consistent dedication, zeal, and fervor that brought you to this milestone continue to drive you forward. We are certain of one thing…You will not let us down…
Congratulations Class of 2020!