Under the auspices of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and with the attendance of His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Kuwait University (KU) Graduation Ceremony for the academic year 2012-2013 was held Wednesday at Sheikh Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Theater at Shuwaikh Campus. His Highness the Crown Prince was greeted upon arrival to the venue by Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education Ahmad Al-Mulaifi, KU President Dr. Abdellatif Ahmad Al-Bader, and KU colleges professors and staff. The ceremony was also attended by National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim, senior Sheikhs, His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Deputy Amir Diwan Minister Sheikh Ali Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah, top state officials, and graduates' families. The ceremony began with a recitation of the Holy Quran and playing of the national anthem. Then Minister Al-Mulaifi addressed the gathering on the occasion. In his speech, Al-Mulaifi thanked His Highness the Amir for his sponsorship of the graduation ceremony as well as his unlimited support to students, educators and the educational institutions, at the forefront of which Kuwait University. Al-Mulaifi thanked His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf for his eagerness to attended the ceremony and share the joy of these unforgettable moments with Kuwait University graduates. The Minister highlighted the challenges facing the Kuwait University with the steadily growing number of students who join it every year. He pointed out that over 40,000 students are currently studying in the university's sixteen colleges. He lamented Kuwait university is bearing the brunt of the shortage of government universities. He congratulated the graduates and their families, wishing them more success in their academic and practical life. Addressing the gathering next was KU President Dr. Abdellatif Al-Bader. He commended the generous patronage of His Highness the Amir to the ceremony, expressing his pride and joy of this gesture that shows the Kuwaiti leadership's appreciation of the Kuwait University's role. Al-Bader highlighted the important role played by Kuwait University, since its inception in 1966, in providing Kuwaiti students with high quality education and training which prepared them to better serve their homeland and achieve its higher interests. He also touched upon the measures taken to upgrade and develop the university to be one of the most prestigious universities in the world. He congratulated the graduates on their excellence and encouraged them to continue their outstanding performance in the practical life. He also called on the graduates to better invest all what they have learned and experienced during their education at KU to serve their dear homeland. On behalf of the graduates, Lila Al-Fawzan said the students would always remember His Highness the Amir sponsorship of this ceremony to stress on his care for education and encouraging new generations to do their best and serve their country. Al-Fawzan added that the students have the greatest appreciation for the faculty members, professors, and other staff at KU who all helped them along their scholastic years. Following the speeches, a documentary about Sabah Al-Salem University City project was displayed. Then His Highness the Deputy Amir presented the graduation certificates to the outstanding students. Before leaving, His Highness Sheikh Nawaf received a memorial gift from the Kuwait University on the occasion of this important event.