Nanjing International School (NIS) saw our first students graduate in 2001, and every year since then we have celebrated the commencement of exceptional learners and leaders. It is our privilege to watch them embark on the next step of their lives filled with purpose and equipped with the skills they need to succeed.
Graduation is an evening to recognize the achievements of Grade 12, their successful completion of Upper School, whether in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, which began at NIS in 1999, or through our other Upper School pathway programmes. It is a milestone to celebrate the transition of one phase of their lives to the next.
Our Head of Upper School, Ms. Katie Ham, greatly admires the Class of 2021 because of their fierce independence. “They have such a strong sense of who they are as individuals,” said Ms. Ham. “The level of focus and independence that this year’s graduating class has demonstrated as they faced challenges in the last eighteen months sees them well prepared for the exciting adventures and challenges that lay ahead – wherever in the world that may be.”
At NIS, we send between 30 and 40 graduates on to their futures every year, filling our entire school with pride to see what they have achieved - even though it is always hard to see them go.
This year’s Valedictorian Paul Myer indicated that despite the immense challenge that completion of his IB Diploma presented, he had thoroughly enjoyed his time at NIS and was exceedingly grateful to his fellow graduates, staff and teachers who had not only supported him in the classroom but fostered his love of theatre management and music. Paul, who is hoping to study in Canada, said that he will miss the diverse nature of NIS and all the people he has met and learned with:
“It is indeed the opportunities available to me here in Nanjing both inside this community, but also outside of it which has brought me knowledge, experiences, fun and friendships which have not only shaped me to become the person I am today, but will also last me for the time ahead.”
Like Paul, many Class of 2021 graduates have been accepted into their choice of top colleges and universities around the world, while others have chosen to enjoy a gap year before moving into tertiary education. We endeavour to stay connected with all of our students after graduation through our alumni network.
This year, we celebrated our 34 graduates of the class of 2021 as they received their diplomas and went on to study at leading institutions like KAIST, the University of Washington, Brandeis University, Mount Holyoke, Emory University, University of Toronto, Hong Kong University, and many others.