The future has arrived... It commences now... (النسخة العربية)
It’s that time of year again. Graduation… that exciting ritual of endings and beginnings.
From the time they were little, we taught our students the value of giving, be it through anecdotes and stories or through events and campaigns. It started with simple fables by Aesop, Ibn Al Muqaffa and La Fontaine, who through timeless stories taught us that “no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
However, the lessons did not end there. We made it our mission to keep the world open to them, like a proverbial oyster, to strive to make it a better place for them and their successors, and to ensure that they were good, caring and giving. They learned that being a good person is what defines them in the eyes of others and that they will be faced with choices, trivial and fundamental. Throughout, however, we goaded, “Reach out and embrace them! Change your lives and the lives of those around you.”
What drives us to further instill in our students the notion of doing “good” and contributing to others is predominantly the fact that we are part of a nation that personifies this virtue. When the UAE’s President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan declared 2017 as the Year of Giving, it came as no surprise. We knew that this was innate, a legacy that is rooted in this nation’s and its children’s genes.
Our fine graduates tonight embrace our leaders’ vision and mission to instill change and be part of a society that gives selflessly and persistently. It started back in kindergarten, where they were first taught to be kind to one another and share. It evolved as they grew to become responsible learners, working hard in their classes and giving their utmost to their teachers and their school. As adults, their deeds prospered. They became active community members who extended their generosity to initiatives that benefited not only their school but also their community and the world around them.
How proud we are of who they have become and what they accomplished with the opportunities and lessons that they were granted. Our hope for them is that their future continues to be characterized by compassion, kindness and audacity, that they lead by example and work hard, and that their successes be many and their tribulations few.
Congratulations Class of 2017!