No other graduation ceremony has aroused such deep memories and touched my heart so profoundly.On the 12th of June, 2019, the graduation ceremony of the grade 12 students in the American High School Department was held as scheduled at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lingang New City. The whole process was solemn and proceeded smoothly. The ceremony was divided into six parts: the school Principal's speech, The principal of the VIA (American Department) ’s speech, the graduate representative’s speech, the parent’s speech, the presentation of the special awards and lastly, the presentation of the diplomas to the graduates.
Our school's Principal, Ms.Li Li, had a message of inspiration. She encouraged the students to possess a noble spirit as they follow life’s winding river. She said: “The sky is high enough for the birds to fly and the sea is wide enough for the fish to leap. Life, like summer flowers, must be spectacular! Thought, like autumn leaves, must be quiet and beautiful! On the road of life in the future, please regard all difficulties and hardships as the stepping stones to climb to the peak of life and success! Life is just a few decades…I encourage students to value life, stand tall, embrace the world and show love and gratitude. The Second Foreign Language School Affiliated to Shanghai Normal University will always be your home. You are welcome to come home often.”
VIA美方校长James P. Cross 寄语则从学习本身入手，道出学习层次的境界：授人以鱼不如授人以渔，希望大家注重对学习能力的培养，去掌握更多的知识。
The message from the American High School Department Principal, VIA, Mr. James Cross, used Learning as a starting point, and expressed the realm of learning: “It is better to teach a person to fish so they may have food for a lifetime than to give a man a fish to feed him for a day. Our hope is that everyone will continue to cultivate a love of learning and thus master more knowledge in future days.
Rita Zhu, the graduate representative, expressed her deep feelings on this momentous occasion: “I would like to express my gratitude to every family member, teacher and classmate who helped and encouraged me on my path of growth. There is no paper that is long enough to write on to express how much we love you. We are ready to firmly hold the future in our own hands and let our love never cause you to be disappointed in us.”
Along with the triumphant sound of the awards music, the mood of the teachers, students and parents rose again to a more joyful one.
Then the most exciting time was when the graduates all received their diplomas. Best wishes are always perfect at this time, the moment is important, the past has gone, a bright future awaits… we warmly embrace one another, pose for photos and cherish the happiness of the moment......