It was with much excitement and pride that staff and students throughout the school were able to congratulate the Grade 12 students as they walked to the Theatre for their Graduation Ceremony last Friday, 25 May. Students from the Film Club filmed the procession from the Drama Studio, where the graduands assembled to don their caps and gowns, through the school and past the cheering elementary students. The film was streamed live to the Theatre, where parents and secondary students were waiting.
The graduation ceremony began with a musical performance of Rondo for flute, violin and piano. This performance by Kira Lai (G11), Alyce de Yee (G9) and Ms Hadewych Dujardin was an original composition by Grade 12 student, Kako Zaitsu.
The guest speaker, Rafiq Jumabhoy, a business innovator and Managing Principal of Orkney Holdings, touched on what it means to be a global citizen and the bright future that the assembled students had ahead of them, before Wern-Shynn Soon and Sumire Uenishi performed two pieces on violin and piano that were composed by Sumire.
We celebrated Salutatorian, Wern-Shynn Soon, and Valedictorian, Hwei Linn Khoo, while Rachel Lim received the Global Citizen award for international understanding. Each award winner gave eloquent and engaging acceptance speeches.
After each student was presented with their graduation diploma, they performed their own medley Best Day of My Life and It’s Time, which really got the audience moving.
28 students graduated this year, which is IGBIS’ largest graduating class so far. Many students have already received offers to some of the world’s top universities, including Cambridge University, Imperial College London, University of Bristol, University of British Columbia, University of Edinburgh, King’s College London and Yale-NUS Singapore.