Bangalore: Stonehill International School hosted a Virtual Graduation Ceremony for the graduating class of 2020 recently. Teachers and administrators rallied behind the resilient graduating class of 2020 and came up with a creative and meaningful celebration for the students completing the IB programme. They invited the graduates, parents and teachers to take part in a momentous, inspiring evening of celebration.
The graduation ceremony was attended by Jitu Virwani, Founder, Stonehill International School and Chairman & MD, Embassy Group. The virtual ceremony started with a special tribute video to all the students, followed by memories shared by each of the students. The ceremony concluded with a message from the Secondary Principal, Mr. Joe Lumsden, “Education is about creating memories, and Stonehill is a wonderful place for making these memories – the kind of memories that will stay with you and remind you of the value of internationalism, community, respect, open-mindedness and friendship.”
The class of 2020 will not be defined by what they lost to this pandemic but by how well they responded to it. This year’s valedictorian, Zachary Mathews commented on his experience at Stonehill, “Stonehill allowed me to grow as a person and as a student. I gained new internationally minded perspectives and I was able to think critically while applying the syllabus to real-life problems. The focus on individual learning allowed me to develop time management skills and study habits that will easily translate to university life.”
100% of the graduating class received admission offers and are now headed to prestigious universities in the USA, UK, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. They have opted for diverse areas of study like Computer Science, Medicine, Engineering, Architecture, Psychology, Business Management, Biological Sciences, Theatre and Film, Astronomy, Law, Mechatronics, Music, Food and Nutrition and History, to name a few.
86% of the students received offers from the world’s top 100 universities like London School of Economics, UK; University College London, UK; King’s College, UK; University of Warwick, UK; University of Bath, UK; University of Toronto, Canada; Berklee College of Music, US; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, US; Harvey Mudd College, US; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and The University of Texas at Austin; US, to name a few. The class of forty-five students received scholarships worth over $ 2 Million (USD).