99 students from 23 different nationalities celebrated graduating from the International School of Luxembourg on Saturday with a formal ceremony at the Grand Théâtre.
The school, which three years ago marked its fiftieth anniversary, welcomed back inspiring former student Daniel Ham, who now works for the United Nations' World Food Programme in New York.
“You have a world of choices in front of you. Seize your opportunities. Be champion for equality and pursue your passion,” he told the graduates in his speech.
ISL upper school principal Mike Hitchman described the class of 2017 as “great performers”, an observation which was supported by various musical interludes by the graduation group during the ceremony.
A number of awards were given to students in recognition of outstanding efforts made during their time at ISL. For the first time two ISL students, Carlos Cipollitti and Alexis Rakochy, received the prestigious “National Merit Scholarship Award”. In addition, 19 students received the K through 12 Award, for having studied at ISL since kindergarten.
ISL director Nicki Crush, meanwhile, invited students to “keep on learning, be thoughtful, be curious, be grateful and say thank you – to your parents, your teachers, your friends – they have helped you on your journey and are your biggest supporters. And finally, be happy and enjoy every day.”