For twenty years the end of May / beginning of June was a cause for celebration at ISS. Celebration that had nothing to do with the school’s birthday and everything to do with our students.
Caps and gowns, summer dresses and high heels for the females, suits for the males (students, teachers and parents!), songs from the Lower School choir, flowers, slideshows, student, teacher and sometimes guest speakers, diplomas, all parenthesised by music that could not be more different. The processional Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 that was first played at a graduation in 1905 when Elgar was invited to the United States to receive an honorary degree from Yale University and the recessional courtesy of Mr. Z and the ISS jazz band! All this and an atmosphere of excited anticipation of the future tinged with sadness at saying some goodbyes. Yes, graduation is a significant rite of passage!
A year ago, Mr. Kelley (School Director) wrote in his blog: “For the first time in my career, an illness prevented me from attending our school’s graduation.” He wasn’t to know then that a year later a virus would prevent the ISS Class of 2020 from enjoying a “traditional” graduation. Our thoughts will be with them as they celebrate “graduation-lite”.
The Class of 2020 join over 700 ISS graduates from the classes of 2000 to 2019. Those graduates have moved on into all walks of life and to many different countries around the world. A large number of them have gone into the health care world, practicing and researching, where they are being tested today as never before. Wherever you are, be it in the USA, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Bulgaria, Poland, India, the UK or in any number of medical facilities in Germany, we are thinking of you and we are proud to call you alumni of ISS!
Congratulations to the Class of 2020 - we wish you well and be sure to stay in touch!