Graduation ceremony held for Saudi students in Maryland

May 27, 2012

The Saudi Cultural Attaché Office at the Saudi Embassy in Washington held a graduation ceremony last night for the fifth group of students participating in the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Program for Foreign Scholarships. The event, which took place at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Maryland, just south of Washington, D.C., and included 6,000 Saudi graduates from universities across the United States.

Addressing the ceremony, Saudi Ambassador Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir congratulated the students, who traveled to the United States to pursue their academic studies in order to serve their country.

During his speech, Saudi Cultural Attaché in Dr. Mohammed Al-Issa noted that the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Program for Foreign Scholarships began with 5,000 students and now includes more than 76,000 students. This year, a total of 6,000 Saudis graduated, out of which 23 percent were female.

The ceremony was attended by Saudi Deputy Minister of Education for Girls Education Nora bint Abdullah Al-Fayez.