AIS Year 13 Graduation AssemblyAIS Admin
Friday 26 April 2019, marked the official graduation of the class of 2018-2019 at a formal school assembly attended by their fellow students, family and friends. Graduation is one of life’s great rites of passage – it marks the end of a thirteen-year journey through primary, middle and secondary school and the beginning of tertiary study or work. Like most rites of passage, there were elements of ritual and celebration in what has become AIS tradition: the students processing into the Auditorium; the series of speeches, farewell messages, and musical items; and their departure to a standing ovation from their schoolmates and teachers. The emcee for the event was Mr Mark Vella, Deputy Executive Principal and Head of Secondary. Proceedings commenced with addresses from the Executive Principal, Dr Roderick Crouch and the Australian Consul-General, Ms Julianne Cowley. Musical items included a solo performance on flute by Yuna Jeong, accompanied by Minsu Seo on piano, and by The Onion Band, featuring lead singers Milly Nguyen and Sue Bui. Chloe Choi and Hyun Jin Seo then spoke on behalf of the graduating class. They were followed by Head Boy, Blair Kelly, and Head Girl, Seung Yoon Jung, who gave heartfelt, and at times emotional, tributes to their parents and teachers. Finally, Head of Senior School and IB Coordinator, Mr Andy Cartlidge, delivered an ode to Year 13. In what was a very Dr Seuss-like poem, Mr Cartlidge remarkably managed to mention the name of every single Year 13 student – and all in rhyming verse. Then came the highlight of the ceremony; the presentation of graduation certificates, followed by the traditional ‘turning of the tassel’ and hat toss. This moment signified the successful culmination of many years of hard work. The Year 13 class of 2018-2019 are no longer school students. Rather, they are young men and women about to embark on a new and exciting phase in their life, whether here in Vietnam or at an overseas university. We wish them all the best for their upcoming IB examinations and trust that their time at AIS has prepared them well and that their futures are indeed bright.