On May 28, we celebrated, congratulated and honored our third cohort of NACIS graduates who we know are going to have exciting and enriching experiences to come. With some going off to the world’s top universities and others exploring working opportunities during a gap year, there is a lot for these students to look forward to.
Our G12 Year Leader, Ms Doris Tao opened the graduation ceremony with inspiring words for our 14 graduating students:
As you move from being children to young adults – going on to change the country, this continent, and for some of you – this new world, I wanted to remind you all about one of the great Chinese heroes, who has recently passed – Yuan, Long Ping – the Father of hybrid rice. Rice that can be grown in seawater. Rice that provided and prevented millions from going hungry, not only in China, but in Africa and other parts of the world. This resilient rice, developed through a sheer determination and ambitious will to provide solutions – to save and serve others; remember Yuan Long Ping, remember what you’ve learned here at NACIS, and remember what you’ve learnt from each other – and lead – and I am sure your life will be marvelous.
Just before our students walked aross the stage, we were delighted to welcome Chris Wood, the British Consul-General in Shanghai, to share some words of wisdom with our NACIS graduates.
A huge amount has changed in the world in the 44 years since I completed my A levels, but one thing doesn’t change – that is, the importance of education. And I don’t just mean pure learning (facts and figures, maths, dates in history) – but education to prepare you for life beyond school, to help make you wise for the world. I am sure that is what your school and your teachers here at NACIS have aimed to give you during your time here. No matter what you want to do next with your life, education is the key to do it.
As the students prepared to turn their tassels, the 2021 NACIS Outstanding Graduate, Jack Li, spoke to his fellow students:
We have been through a lot at NACIS. As the time passed, we are now the upperclassmen, the seniors who stand here ready to graduate and move forward in the world. And when many of our high school memories begin to fade, we'll ultimately measure the time we spent here, not in periods or semesters nor years, but in the friendships that we made and the times we shared together.
To close the ceremony, NACIS Executive Superintendent Mr Christopher Short left the students with some parting words:
There have been a lot of thoughts and advice from our speakers this evening, so I am going to focus on some practical tips on moving away from home - this is advice from my children:
- find a regular time slot to speak with your family (and not just to ask for money)
- set up a family group WeChat and find ways of connecting
- beware of social media
- and prepare your family for the fact that you do need to go out and make new friends
Today, you join a group of thousands of Nord Anglia alumni around the world (including my two children), so you are likely to find someone in your university or college with this shared background. Good luck to you all.
We are so proud of all that our graduating students have accomplish and wish them well in their next adventure – whether it be university or even a gap year working with NACIS! We are looking forward to seeing their success in the years to come, and to welcoming in our new graduating class in the fall.