Graduation took place on Saturday 23rd May at UWC Red Cross Nordic. It was a pleasure to welcome so many families, host families from our local community and other guests on Friday evening for dinner in the Høegh and then a cultural show – all coordinated by the first year students. The ceremony took place in a beautifully decorated auditorium at 14:00 on Saturday and consisted of speeches, a slideshow, a special video for the occasion (see here, and below) , musical performances and the formal graduation procession. The Rektor, Richard Lamont, opened the ceremony with a welcome address. Liv Ronglan, the RCN Board Rep for the Norwegian Red Cross, gave a powerful address about the role of the Red Cross across the world and the role our students can play in the future – please click here to read her message to the graduating class. Her address was followed by speeches from Arve Helle (Mayor of Fjaler), Hans Lindemann (Vice Chair of the RCN Board), and a farewell message from students (Izman Suhail from the Maldives and Anna Åsund from Sweden). Our guest of honour for the occasion was Laila Bokhari, State Secretary for the Prime Minister of Norway with responsibility for foreign and security policy, justice and emergency preparedness. She delivered a compelling final speech, combining an inspiring anecdote with advice for the graduating students. The weather gods were kind and, after days of rain, the sun broke through the clouds for the drinks reception on the grass outside.
Many of the parents of our second year students were unable to attend the ceremony – and therefore we have posted lots of images on facebook, a copy of the graduation ceremony programme, the special video with music and film created by a group of students, and some of the speeches so that our whole community can connect with the occasion. Congratulations to all our graduating students!