Ralf played the King’s Anthem for the very last time to mark the beginning of the ceremony. There was an array of motivational speeches, amongst them Mr. Rolfe’s poem wishing us not to “have a nice life” but to build a life on hard work, a message we will carry with us throughout life. The student speeches were beautifully reflective and ‘touching’ in Lisa’s case.
Cap and Gown Ceremony.
Graduates were then called up one by one on stage and had our IB lives summed up by Mr. Newsham as we received our well earned diplomas and headed back to our seats. Those who had performed exceptionally well were recognised and awarded.
Nerves had calmed down by Mr. Walton’s closing speech and parents quickly bustled out to get photos of their freshly graduated babies. The weather made it hard to stay in one area at a time so the ceremony moved to the clock tower where the traditional picture of the students throwing their graduation caps into the air was taken.
To end the day, family, friends and teachers were invited to Mr. Walton’s for snacks and refreshments and to allow more pictures to be taken of this year’s graduates. This was a truly memorable day for the class of 2012, as not only was it the end of high school life, but the start of transitioning into adulthood.
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Waiting anxiously to receive the diploma.