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457 Students Recognized in Khalifa University’s Honors Day 2021

January 18, 2022


Khalifa University celebrated the accomplishments of its highest achieving sophomore, junior, and senior students in this year’s Honors Day 2021, which was held on Wednesday, 22 December. 


Organized by the Student Success Department, Honors Day recognizes the academic achievements of our students, highlighting their hard work and commitment. During the event 457 KU students who have shown excellence were honored, and 244 of these students were inducted as new Golden Key Honor Society members. The Golden Key Honors Society is an international honors organization that celebrates and supports collegiate scholars around the world. KU’s Golden Honors Society Chapter is the first in the Middle East, reaffirming the University’s commitment to help students realize their full potential while setting the standards of academic excellence in the region. 


During the event a special recognition was given to Golden Key member Natnael Berhane Debru, a junior Physics student. Natnael was awarded the Golden Key Undergraduate Achievement Award that recognizes Golden Key members for their excellence in their undergraduate studies. Aside from being a Golden Key member, Natnael was also on the President’s List for both Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 terms. 


In his message to the students, Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice-President, Khalifa University said: “Everything we value about Khalifa University is embodied in you. Your determination, your commitment to pursuing knowledge, your self-discipline, and your creativity. You are what makes Khalifa University unlike any other university in the UAE.


“The immense effort you have put forth will certainly bear fruit in the next semester and the years to come. Those of you who are seniors this year will have the distinction of graduating ‘with honors’, which is an honor that is reserved for those hard-working students at the culmination of their academic studies at the university. To graduate with this distinction, from the UAE’s #1 University, reveals that you are highly ambitious, extremely skilled, and incredibly determined, which are characteristics highly sought after by employers and top-tier graduate programs.”


Dr. David Sheehan, Professor & Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and Dr. Mahmoud Al Qutayri, Professor & Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, College of Engineering; as well as Ms. Melissa Leitzell, CEO of Golden Key all offered congratulatory messages to the students. 


You can view the Honors Day 2021 ceremony here


Ara Maj Cruz
Creative Writer
18 January 2022