“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.”
You are not an ordinary class… This is not an ordinary year… These are not ordinary circumstances… Yes, we are told time and time again that these are unprecedented times; however, look around you and take the time to acknowledge all the wonderful achievements that make this year a truly momentous one.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most thriving and esteemed countries in the world. Just like you, the UAE is about to hit a significant milestone, one that is the harvest of hard work, collaboration, innovations, and ambition. What makes this year even more remarkable is that the progeny of all this drive saw the first Arab mission make it to the Mars. Moreover, in a few months, these historic achievements will be further corroborated with the launch of EXPO 2020. The last year also brought with it tremendous feats in medicine that could only be achieved when one decides to confront challenges optimistically and resolutely. In less than a year, the world saw the discovery of myriad vaccines used to combat a ruthless pandemic.
2021 is also extraordinary as it marks the commencement of a special group of students… the first graduating class from Al Mawakeb Al Khawaneej. It was in August 2018 when AMK opened its doors for the first time welcoming new students and parents who believed in AMSI’s vision. An enticing journey awaits our fine graduates, one that is fuelled with knowledge, respect, hope, and promise. Their journey will be filled with discoveries and revelations. As they get ready to leave us, we return their faith and match it with pride. We hope that they strive, seek, and conquer all they set their minds to… It is now their turn to soar…
Class of 2021, you should perceive this year’s challenges as opportunities. Know that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest rewards. When we stop to observe our surroundings, we are often provided with new perspectives on our circumstances. Yes…the pandemic has meant no grand commencement ceremony. It made you spend less time with one another on campus. It also saw graduates addressing their school community and families a little differently; however, think of all of this as if it were a seed. Even though it now seems to be invisible and buried, it will eventually grow and prosper into wonderful things.
You have an unrelenting will to succeed. Being here today, despite all of the setbacks and obstacles, because of your drive, your perseverance, your willpower to endure, is stronger than any deterrent. Soon, you will embark on a new journey, with your loved ones and with AMSI, for you now share a common bond. Family has always been one of our strongest core values, and with thousands of AMSI alumni, you will now develop lifelong relationships, build strong connections, and maintain them.
We are in awe of what you were able to endure in your short lives. You have been put to the test, and you have demonstrated one of the most precious qualities one can have: resilience. You have responded with optimism and grit. Your hard-won determination and fervor have gotten you to where you are today. You have earned the right to be proud of your great accomplishment, for we know we truly are of yours. Class of 2021, we salute you!
Congratulations Class of 2021!