"What lies ahead of us is life's rich pageant. We can make of it what we will. We have the rest of our lives ahead of us to be businessmen and women, to travel the world, to create beauty, to heal people, maybe even find the cure for a disease. If nothing else, we owe it to ourselves to do something better than what we've done in the past. So go out... enjoy yourselves... and change the world if you can."
These were the uplifting words of Harrison H, one of the student speakers at our Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2015. Held on Saturday 30 May, this was a ceremony for our departing Grade 12s.
They finished their International Baccalaureate Diploma exams in late May and will receive their IB results and certificates later this summer. At the ICS Graduation Ceremony they received their High School Diplomas and we formally marked the end of their time at school and celebrated everything that they have achieved so far.
Some students are now fulfilling national service obligations, while others take a year out to do internships, travel and gain other experiences. Many of our graduates plan to go on into higher education. Their choice of subjects this year is broad and encompasses everything from computer science to sports science, geography to radiography and international relations to liberal arts.
Higher education institutions that have offered our students places include: the Universities of Cambridge, Durham, Warwick, Bath, York, Bristol and Exeter in the UK; Boston College, UCLA, and Tufts, Northeastern and New York Universities in the US; McGill University in Canada; and Sciences Po University in France. (See the full list of this years' university offers here.)
ICS is not academically selective, does not have entrance exams and takes students from all corners of the world. The fact that most of our graduates are going on to further education bears out our belief that, in the right environment and supported in the right ways, when we are challenged to achieve, we can all do better than we think we can.