The Class of 2017 celebrates their IB Diploma Graduation in style
Congratulations to our Class of 2017 who with family, friends and faculty recently celebrated the achievements of our young graduates at the Dorchester Hotel, London.
Our annual Diploma Graduation ceremony is always an emotional affair. Parents, relatives and faculty sit before the graduating class and reflect about the journey their children have traveled. For parents in particular, this is often a bitter sweet moment. To see their ‘child’, all grown up, yet still at a tender, relatively inexperienced age, is hard to comprehend. Furthermore, knowing that their child will soon leave home for university and take another step towards independence is another tear jerker!!
THE RISE OF GenZ
But take comfort parents! We are witnessing the rise of Generation Z (GenZ or iGen). A generation of young people characterised by the fact that they do not remember a time before social media and whom live much of their lives - from interacting with friends and family to making major purchases - online via their smartphones.
This is a generation, research suggests, that are increasingly self-aware, self-reliant and innovative. Adept at web based research, this generation self-educate with online sources and learn complex things from upgrading their computer’s operating systems to learning how to make Gurkha chicken curry with a homemade marinade, one video at a time! Furthermore, all evidence points to this generation being much more diverse in their thinking, plus being more open-minded, loyal, compassionate, responsible and determined.
Our student class speaker this year, gave a tremendously compassionate and inspired speech which he has kindly allowed us to publish below. Thank you Colin.
As this group of students proceeds onto universities around the world, we feel privileged at ICS to have been part of their lives and now watch in anticipation as they set off for life’s next exciting challenge.
Good luck to all of you, and please enjoy Colin’s words as much as I did.
Head of School
Generation Z Goes to College, Web 4/06/17