On June 14th, the NCIC International Division hosted its annual Graduation and Award Ceremony in the 8th floor auditorium. Principal Lan, Director Li, other school faculty members, parents, and all the students were invited to the ceremony to witness the significant moment.
The ceremony began with an impressive piano performance brought by Josephine, one of the Grade 12 graduates. As soon as the performance ended, the graduates, each dressed in their beautiful graduation gowns, surprised the audience with their grand entrance. After the National Anthem was sung, Principle Lan delivered a speech to the graduates, hoping that the graduates would bear the school's teaching in mind. Next came the speech of the teacher's representative, Mr. Thomas, who gave a recap on his teaching years. Then, Mr. Thomas, along with Mr. Paul Delahunty, presented the Excellent Performance and Most Improvement Awards to the graduates.
Subsequently, Helen Cao who was the students’ representative expressed gratitude to everyone through her heartwarming speech. Next was the most exciting part of the ceremony – Principle Lan awarded Graduation Certificates to all graduates, and then, together with Director Li, presented the Best Graduate Award to Helen Cao. As they finished, grade-12 graduates Lily Sun and Elena Pan gifted their paintings to the school.
After a touching piano performance by Li Zhonghan in the grade 11, the school leaders awarded the students in grade 9, 10, and 11 respectively, that achieved excellent results in each subject for the whole school year, and awarded the most improved awards. Then, the director awarded the certificate and a crystal trophy to a total of nine students as the top three of each grade. During the award ceremony, there were applauses and praises in the auditorium continuously, and joy from the winning students and the proud parents.
The ceremony ended with a group photo of teachers and students. Before the ceremony began, the school organized an auction of student artworks. Many parents and teachers actively participated in the event, and eventually raised a total of RMB5,000 which will be donated to the Baoan Welfare Institute.
The graduates are about to leave their alma mater with memories, and other students are preparing for new challenges. We wish all students could continue their hard work in the upcoming new semester.
Chinese Reporter: Lucy Zhou
Chinese Editor: Lauren Chen
English Translator: Lauren Chen
English Editor: Michelle Jessica Boesiger, Katie Lee
Layout Designer: Lauren Chen
Photographer: Lucy Du, Angela Zhou
Editor-in-chief: Lauren Chen
Publicity Department of Student Council, Nanshan Chinese International College