October 7th, 2021, was a historic day for both King Fahad University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) and Saudi females, as the inauguration of female education took place under the patronage of HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman, the minister of energy and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University. As a part of the first batch of female graduates, I was honored to attend the ceremony to celebrate the opening of the university’s program for females and celebrate the university’s 60th anniversary. The ceremony attendees consisted of some of the most inspiring leaders, including the Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Aramco, Amin H. Nasser, and distinguished KFUPM alumni. Additionally, some of the country’s brightest women leaders expressed their enthusiasm for this milestone and delivered inspiring messages to the students.
During the ceremony, his Highness Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman, the current Saudi Minister of Energy and KFUPM Alumnus, gave a speech marking the occasion. During his address, he inspired us by saying,
“A vision is not created to remain on paper nor to become just a symbol, but rather its goal is you, and you are the source of its energy. If these walls spoke, they would commend and thank you and your ancestors for the work and passion you’ve put in for the future of your country. You are the university’s purpose so that you have a permanent lead, an unbeatable bet, and a horse that always perseveres”
As KFUPM students, many of us always felt connected with the university long before entering the institution since many of our role models, fathers, brothers, and cousins were alumni and given the university’s rich legacy. Therefore, we are grateful for the opportunity to take our rightful place to study at this prestigious institution and to serve our community and our country.