Canadian International School celebrates Graduation Day 2014

Graduation Day

May 27, 2014 3:39 IST | India Infoline News Service
The graduating students “Class of 2014” of Canadian International School (CIS) Bangalore were given a fond farewell at the valedictory ceremony in a grand way. The event was full of nostalgia & memories but also one of looking ahead. The event began with a ceremonial procession with students clad in graduation gowns and caps. Parents were also present to encourage their wards and witness the grand spectacle.
The opening speech was given by Mr. Shane Kells, Head of School. The school presented various awards to the talented students in recognition of their consistent, exceptional academic achievement over the entire programme. Students shared their experiences and paid tributes to their mentors.
Of the 58 students graduating from CIS this year, 54 have been accepted to various Colleges/Universities, 2 are fulfilling Military Service and 2 are taking a ‘gap year’. This year, CIS graduating students have been admitted to top Colleges again, like Brown University, Cornelland Columbia University (of the Ivy League), Carnegie Mellon, NYU, Purdue, Duke and many others in the USA, University of Toronto, Waterloo, University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta, to name a few in Canada, as well as Imperial College, Warwick, Edinburgh and other fine Colleges in the UK. 
Speaking on the occasion, Ms Shweta Sastri, Executive Director, Canadian International School stressed upon adhering to the school’s motto and the importance of discipline in one’s life. It was indeed, a joy to see the IB Graduating Class of 2014 beaming with confidence and pride. It marks both an end and a beginning of an amazing journey. We are sure that our students will excel in any field that they may choose. They are truly global citizens. We at CIS also share a sense of great achievement with our graduates who walk ahead in life to study at top Colleges & Universities across the globe, she added”.
“This year’s graduating class at CIS was an amazing group to be around.  They epitomized ‘oneness’, and showed a spirit and attitude seldom seen in the International School setting.  Fantastic students with fabulous university and college acceptances helped make this a truly special year at CIS.  Congratulations, Class of 2014!” said, Mr. Shane Kells, Head of School.
“We are extremely proud of the class of 2014. We have had record University acceptances and almost 1.75 Million US$ in scholarship offers. They have been a fantastic year group, not just academically, but the mixture of personalities and characters within the group have made them a dynamic and fun group to teach. We wish them all the best for their bright futures” said Mr. Robert James King, Middle School / High School Principal.

The Guest Speaker for the event Mrs. Kalpana Kar, Member of Bangalore Political Action Committee (BPAC) also addressed the graduating class of 2014. She asked the students to strive for excellence in their chosen career & carry the values inculcated at the school during their tenure. She also gave them examples of few eminent personalities and their success stories.
“Firstly I would like to say congratulations to all those who are graduating on persevering and getting to this day. Graduation is a time of completion, of finishing, of an ending, however, it is also a time of celebration of achievement and a beginning for all of you. I wish all the students a great future ahead” said Priya Anand - TOK / CAS Coordinator and emcee for the event.
“It was a very sad moment as I will miss all my friends and teachers who have helped make me the person I am today. Their support and tremendous encouragement has helped me balance both my athletic and academic life” said IB2 student Nikhil Mohan.
“It was a moment of mixed emotions, it was a start of new life and end of one. These three years that I spent at CIS have been one to remember and I want to thank everybody involved for making it so” said IB2 student Sajal Mehta.
“A double joy for us as parents as our children had completed all their coursework for the 2 years IB Diploma program, an academically challenging and balanced program which is said to have gained recognition and respect from the world's leading Universities. It has been a wonderful 2 years here at CIS for my children and they take back with them a whole new experience, new friendships and much more. A very special Thank You to all teachers and the leadership team at Canadian International School, for all their guidance and support throughout these years, without whom would have been impossible.  Congratulations to the Class of 2014, You did it and Wishing you the best in all your future endeavors” said Mahenthiran's Family.

The function ended with a vote of thanks by Ms. Melanie Kells, who exhorted the students to put the best foot forward in the new world they will face now. It was a grand and colourful event that would remain etched in the memories of the graduating students.

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