Graduation took place on Saturday 21st 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 College’s partnership with the Red Cross and the role our students can play in the future. Her address was followed by speeches from Gunhild Berge Stang (Mayor of Fjaler), from second year students (Anna Kwok from Hong Kong and Bassie Bondeva from Sierra Leone) and the farewell message was given by Tove Veierød (Chair of the RCN Board). Our guest of honour for the occasion was Marianne Andresen – a lionhearted champion of the College for over twenty years.
Many of the parents of our second year students were unable to attend the ceremony – and therefore we have posted lots of images on faceboook and a copy of the graduation ceremony programme so that our whole community can connect with the occasion. Congratulations to all our graduating students!