16 April, 2013

Graduation Ceremony: Golden day for SAS graduates

Sana Jamal

Islamabad – Excitement and cheer filled the air, with smiling faces everywhere as the proud graduates walked up on stage in their academic regalia to receive their hard-earned degrees on graduation day. The graduation ceremony of the girl students of Saudi Arabian School (SAS) in Islamabad was a joyous occasion – a gathering of graduates, parents, teachers, family and friends to celebrate the achievements of class of 2013. 

Held at Saudi embassy in Islamabad, it was a festive event filled with all constituents for the big day: presentation of degrees, speeches by dignitaries, cheering, happy music and lavish feast. It was an auspicious day for the 12th graders, about 17 girls from different countries including Saudi Arab, Palestine, Jordan, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Algeria, Iraq, Syria. Starting off with relevant national anthems, the ceremony was followed by commencement address from Madam Al-Jouhrah Abdullah al Arifi, wife of the ambassador of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, who was the guest of honour. 

Wishing the students best of luck, Madam spoke on the significance of the graduation day which symbolizes a key transition in the lives of graduating students who are about to embark on a new beginning. Madam Al-Jouhrah presented shields and degrees to the students and a special prize to a young child, Farwa Hasham, a Hafiz e Quran. Madam has been highly active in arranging and encouraging educational activities. 

“She has a passion for education” told a teacher at SAS. It is due to her interest that the embassy sees regular weekly lectures on Islam and education. A joyful goodbye ceremony it was which marked the ending of an era as well as beginning of new epoch full of dreams and promises. 
Most students kept smiling as they walked down the aisle in their navy blue gowns, received their degrees and looked toward the cheering crowd of family and friends to receive their applause. A few had mixed feelings on their big day and burst into tears in the midst of her speech, expressing gratitude to their parents and teachers. Proud parents and siblings dressed their best, and took many photographs of the moment when the graduates were handed their diplomas. 

To make the day a memorable one, the graduates remained busy taking pictures, sharing hugs and congratulating their friends till the end. “I am extremely proud of my students. And I am sure they will continue to learn, grow, and evolve” commented a teacher, Fatima Adam. The traditional Arabic cuisine, with a delish graduation day cake, made the evening even more pleasant. 
Towards the end of the grand ceremony, the graduates tossed their hats into the air in celebration – an essential tradition of the graduation ceremonies, marking transition of stages in a person's life. --