Seventh graduation ceremony for Saudi scholarship students held in Washington
May 26, 2014
On May 25, the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission to the U.S. held the seventh graduation ceremony for the 12,500 Saudi students who completed higher education degrees this year in the U.S. under the King Abdullah Scholarship Program. The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Higher Education Dr. Khalid Al-Anqari, Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir and U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Dr. Joseph W. Westphal. Saudi Cultural Attaché Dr. Mohammed Aleissa noted that 46 percent of graduates are female, including 275 graduating with Ph.D.’s and 2,345 with master's degrees.
On Friday, Minister Al-Anqari inaugurated the annual career fair with more than 100 private and public sector recruiters, and workshops to assist students and recent graduates in their job search process.
In 2006, King Abdullah established the King Abdullah Scholarship Program for study abroad. The Saudi government has offered scholarships to more than 151,000 students who are attending schools in 32 countries. There are more than 82,500 Saudi students currently studying in the U.S. Saudi women accounted for 28 percent of the total scholarship students.