Princess Loulwa al-Faisal al Saud
May 24, 2009
Listen to Princess Loulwa al-Faisal al Saud. (1.7 MB, Time: 3:36)
(Written text differs somewhat from speech as delivered.)
President Joanne Creighton, board of trustees, faculty, graduating students, and parents,
Thank you for the warm welcome. It is an honour to be with all of you here today. Receiving this degree from Mount Holyoke will always be a source of great joy and pride to me.
Graduates of 2009, I am honoured to share this wonderful day with you. This year has been an especially joyous year for me, as Effat not only celebrates its tenth anniversary, but, has also become a University! My joy has increased tenfold, on this fine day, because I can now say, and proudly so, that I too am a Mount Holyoke graduate, class of 2009!
Mount Holyoke has always been a special partner and friend on the journey of building Effat. Although Mount Holyoke and Effat University are rooted in different cultures they both share the same philosophy: My mother Queen Effat believed that women are the builders of nations, and she saw that the best way to build our nation and the world was to educate women and that is where our journey at Effat University began. I believe that your journey began with Mary Lyon’s inspiring words, “Go where no one else will go, do what no one else will do.”
Both our institutions took the road less travelled and broke new ground when they were first established. As pioneers in their respective societies, the aim of Mount Holyoke College and Effat University is to instil the same fearlessly pioneering spirit in all who walk through their halls.
Today, you graduates. Congratulations! Some of you might be wondering what is out there? Who am I? What am I going to do? But I am here to tell you that there is no need to worry because I know that wherever you end up in the world, you will not fear exploring the unknown; you will be able to get back up when you fall (and you will fall); you will achieve all that you aim to achieve! I know this because I have seen it. I have seen it with every graduating class at Effat University. I have seen it in myself and my sisters, and I have seen it in my daughters and nieces!
And so, I stand here before you in my veil, cap, and gown proving that education unveils a world of opportunities between future generations.
Congratulations class of 2009! And good luck!
Audio (1.7 MB, Time: 3:36)