"The real asset of any advanced nation is its people, especially the educated ones, and the prosperity and success of the people are measured by the standard of their education."
- His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan
Tonight is all about you, the class of 2018!
Your opportunity is here… Seize the day and make a difference.
Each of you has his or her own story and you are about to begin a new chapter in this book of life.
Tonight we celebrate all you have accomplished and anticipate all that you have yet to achieve. It has been a long journey, but you’re here now.
This year is not just any year. It is the Year of Zayed. It is not just a year to remember the Father of the Nation, but also to uphold the virtues he lived by and to instill them in our lives. Your years at AMSI schools were spent promoting and embracing wellbeing and happiness, peace and tolerance, universal human values, environmental and global awareness, and the pioneering spirit of charity. Those were the values we learned from HH Sheikh Zayed . These very values that he instituted make our UAE stand out as a peaceful, progressive haven that is home for more than 200 nationalities and make AMSI a home for over 20,000 students of more than 70 nationalities. Stay true to them, and make it your calling to transfer them onto all those you meet, for you are now their guardians.
Every year in May, we celebrate you, our graduates, who embody our vision and our dream. Because you enrich our lives and we see in you our aspirations unfold, we seek to continue to transform the lives of others. Thus comes the birth of a new AMSI school, Al Mawakeb, Al Khawaneej. With it, we promise to stay the course and continue to drive excellence in education and bring out the best in our children. We believe that every single student has potential, and we aim to see that potential through and nurture it with love, respect, and an avid commitment to our core values.
In a school environment that is so diverse, you have learned to work diligently, creatively, persistently, and imaginatively… You look for knowledge… You have changed the ways you think and act… You have expanded your horizons and become culturally agile… You have demonstrated high levels of critical thinking and understanding, developed your intellect and cultivated your personalities, but most importantly, you have learned how to learn. You’ll need the knowledge and problem solving skills to discover cures, to develop new energy technologies and to protect our environment. You’ll need the insight and critical thinking skills to fight poverty, crime and discrimination and make our world safe and fair. You’ll need the creativity and ingenuity you developed in all your classes to build new companies and boost the economy.
You are ready to deal with today’s complex world, which is characterized by uncertainty and rapid change but also by new opportunities. In these times, we are confident that all of you have the knowledge, capabilities and skills needed to succeed.
Embrace each opportunity, remember to listen, choose your words wisely and be grateful for what you received and will receive. Continue to be great examples for others and value friendship, family, and opportunity. Trust yourselves to chart your own course and make your mark on the world.
We are proud of you and we look forward to hearing your stories and sharing your adventures…
Congratulations Class of 2018!