It was a historic day in an unprecedented year. It was a day that no one was certain would happen. But on Saturday, June 5 at 4pm, 31 students of NIS (some classmates, unfortunately, had to miss the ceremony), donned their dolphin green caps and gowns and proceeded onto the Keith Dixon field in front of their teachers and families. For this class of 2020, with so much that was uncertain during their last two quarters at NIS, the moment was bittersweet. They were saying hello again after being apart for weeks during online learning. Still, this day was also a reminder that they would soon be saying goodbye to their high school selves, their friends, and for some even their families as they prepare to leave home for university or other adventures.
It was a wonderful day that offered the graduates the chance to celebrate all their growth and achievements and to acknowledge all their triumphs over their adversities. The Salutatorian and Valedictorian gave moving speeches and Mr. Baker, a beloved support staff teacher, was selected to give the commencement address, despite being away on paternity leave for their last year.
In addition to those in the audience, friends and family from around the globe looked on via Facebook Live as the students stepped up to the podium one by one to accept their diplomas. There was a tangible feeling of resilience and tenacity in the air knowing that this class had been through...and triumphed over... a difficult end, only to come out strong and confident and ready to take on their next challenges.
The NIS class of 2020 will soon scatter far and wide, but they will change the landscape as they grow into their hopes and dreams for their futures. And our futures will be much brighter now that these young people are out in the world! Congratulations to the Class of 2020!