On Monday afternoon of this week, Carmel School celebrated the graduation of its eighth Diploma Programme cohort, albeit under rather unusual and challenging conditions. With the social distancing strictures as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak in place, only a very select group of close family members were able to attend the ceremony live, with many others logging on to view the live online broadcast.
What those in attendance and viewing online will have seen, bore all the hallmarks of a traditional graduation ceremony: there were gowns, there were mortar boards, there was a music recital, and there were a series of emotional and heartfelt speeches — although delivered, as ever nowadays, through surgical masks.
In some ways, perhaps, a graduation ceremony such as this was fitting for the Class of 2020, who have faced unenviable circumstances over the past 12 months as they prepared for IB exams which, of course, would end up being cancelled. The resilience, determination and good-humour of the Class of 2020 has held them in good stead during these — as the saying now goes — 'uncertain times', and these qualities were once again on show during a sometimes surreal yet deeply important and authentic ceremony.
Many thanks to Mrs. Anna Wong and the whole Carmel School support staff for ensuring the success of this event, as well as to Mr. Shay Razon, School Board Chair, for his speech to the graduates, and to all those families, friends and stakeholders who attended the ceremony, whether in person or online. Finally, congratulations once again to our Class of 2020!
Mr. Nick Webber