Class of 2017
ACS Egham International School students, aged 17 to 18, recently celebrated their final year at a graduation ceremony attended by around 400 family, friends and staff.
Over 60 students have completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, well-recognised as a premium entrance qualification to universities around the world. Students will receive their full IB Diploma results in July.
Richard Naylor, High School Principal, commented:
“The ceremony was a fitting way to celebrate the whole cohort’s achievements and we’re extremely proud of them. Students have worked incredibly hard across the last two years completing their IB Diplomas, but I know that this will be the spring board to success in whatever they choose to do next. And I can’t wait to find out what the future has in store for them!”
During the ceremony, school achievements were also awarded to students. Among them, the Community Service Award, for an outstanding contribution to school, local and international communities was presented to Lillian Davis. Aditya Sharma was also given the Founders’ Award for excellent academic achievement and involvement in school life.
IB Art student, Julia Worden, received the High School Student Council Art Appreciation Award for her piece ‘All Things are Possible’. Each year, the High School Student Council sponsors a piece of artwork created by one of the IB Diploma students and the award is decided by a committee of staff, student council members and High School administrators.
Niklas Ovaskainen was honoured with the Valedictorian Award for outstanding academic achievement and addressed his fellow classmates with congratulations for all their achievements and hard work so far. He also urged them to plan well, be open to possibilities and be prepared for whatever life throws at you as they move on to the next phase in their academic career.
This year’s keynote speaker was John Bradshaw. His inspirational life story covers his time growing up in Zimbabwe during the civil war; his conscription into the army and the injuries he suffered; to his PhD in Computer Science at University of Cambridge and his successful career in the academic world. Mr Bradshaw stressed the importance of holding on to what is good regardless of what happens in the future.Published: June 8 2017