Graduation marks an important milestone for every student and is one they will remember throughout their lifetimes. On June 20, 2014 BIBS graduates Ada Zhou, Prisca Pfupajena, Emily Nambabi and Sam Goenha took the bold step from High School, and moved towards further education and to the world beyond.
BIBS Director, Mr. John McBryde, had these words for the graduates and the audience:
Today, you, our graduates receive your awards, which reflect a major milestone that you have reached in your lives. Today we recognize that you have completed your formal schooling and receive your high school diploma. Today you walked on to the stage as school students for the last time. When you leave the stage it will be as graduates and you will be stepping into the world of adults – and into all the freedoms, opportunities, responsibilities and risks that comes with that.
We are very proud of you, for what you have achieved and for who you are. We are looking at a group of young people who have challenged themselves academically and grown enormously these last few years.
They have made a difference to others through their own efforts. They know what it means to work side by side with others who have needs, and come face to face with the global issues that challenge our world. And in addition to that, they are artistic and sporty and fun and balanced people. How many of us can put our hands up for all of that?
Through your efforts you give validation to what we as parents and teachers do, and have tried to give you over the years. You make us proud!
Thank-you to your parents for their support throughout your life so far and as you continue your journeys. Thank-you to your teachers here at BIBS for their love, care and support.
It has been a privilege for you to be part of our community and remember that wherever you go – BIBS and Beijing will always be in your heart and a place where you are always welcome. Stay in touch and join up as a BIBS alumni!
In parting, Mr. McBryde left the graduates with these words of advice and challenges:
- Let go of who you should be in order to be who you are
In the words of Confucius: ‘Everything has it’s beauty but not everyone sees it’
and ‘It is better to be a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without’
- Do what you are good at, and what you like doing. Confucius said, ‘Choose a job that you love, and you will never work a day of your life’
- Do what is important to you and do it well. “Find your success in what’s important to you” – and whatever you do, do it the best you can do. Remember the proverb – “If a jobs worth doing, it’s worth doing well”
- Take on life with Whole Heartedness and make a Difference. Have courage, compassion and be connected. Remember the things that are really important.