Distinguished guests, faculty, staff, students, and my fellow engineers.
As we stand here today, ready to receive our degrees and officially become engineers, I can’t help but feel a mix of emotions. We’ve all worked hard and sacrificed much to get to this point, and it’s hard to believe that our college journey has come to an end.
My name is Adjaratou Nafissatou Mamour Niang, yes, it is a very long name but I am very proud of. I am a computer science engineer from DAUST and Yes I can finally say it and it feels good. I remember my first English class at DAUST where one of the most brilliant teacher ever told us that it was the last time we were going to hear her speak French and that now it was only English . I freaked out 😂
I also remember my first project at DAUST in 2017 which was about building a tool that will allow blind folks to navigate it was unbelievable but also very challenging. It made us question ourselves. And we were all like what did we get into .On one side you had this amazing english teacher telling us that we will only speak English from now on and on the other side we had this amazing professor telling us to work on this project that we know nothing about and that we got this. Well ladies and gentleman they were right because today five years later I am standing in front you as a Computer science engineer with an excellent mention so yes we did.
I want to take a moment to thank our parents and family – for their unwavering support and love
Our professors for their guidance, support, and their dedication to teaching us the principles and practices of engineering .
Our staff for their hard work and dedication to making our college experience the best it could be.
I would like to take a moment also to recognize and inspire the women in our community who have chosen to pursue engineering and sciences. I want to remind you that as women in engineering you are a vital part of shaping the future. You bring unique perspectives and creativity to the field that are crucial in solving the complex problems of today and tomorrow.
You will face many challenges and barriers throughout your journey but you are strong, capable, and resilient. You have the ability to break down stereotypes and shatter glass ceilings because women can exceed in any field. Don’t be afraid to take risks and make mistakes, for it is through failure that we learn and grow. Never limit yourselves get out there and make a difference. let’s strive to break barriers, and let’s make sure that the world sees us for who we are: strong, intelligent, and capable women engineers.
So I encourage you to continue to strive for excellence in your careers, and to never let anyone belittle your capabilities. Remember that you have worked hard to be where you are today and you deserve to be here. Believe in yourself and your abilities, and don’t be afraid to reach for the stars. There is a lot further to that we can go . Anything is possible , I mean look at my fellow engineer Fapathe she is a woman, a wife, a mother and computer science engineer with an honorable mention.
I am confident that we will go on to make a positive impact in the world and be a true inspiration for other women to follow in our footsteps
So, as you go forth into the world, remember to be proud of who you are and what you have
Accomplished because you are the future, and the future is bright.”
So, let’s take a moment to cherish this moment and the memories we’ve made, but let’s also look forward to the future with hope and determination.
And one last advice : DAUST is always going to be what you are willing to make it .
Congratulations, class of 2022, and best of luck in your future endeavors.
Watch the whole speech : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeVGS6RB3Es