The end of one journey and the beginning of another – such as the scenario during the graduation ceremony of the 2019 batch of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) students from Greenwood High International School. This year, nearly 100 students graduated from the school bagging placements in the top universities around the world. The students were excited as the turning point in their life had arrived and greeted each other with a lot of smiles and laughter. Sharing the joyous moments of the students at the event was Sabyasachi Mukherjee, iconic fashion designer, who was the chief guest.
The graduating class of 2019 has obtained outstanding university placements. Nearly 65% of the students have been offered a place at a university of their first choice and 80% of students got into a university of their second or third choice. The students received scholarships totalling of 7.1 million USD over four years with the school receiving 510 acceptances at 203 universities in 13 countries, ranging from the USA, UK, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Netherlands, France, Germany, Malaysia, Australia, and New Zealand to India. Some of the top universities the students have gained admission are Princeton University, Cornell, U Penn, Georgia Tech, Carnegie Melon, University of California Berkeley, University of California, Los Angeles, Vanderbilt University, NYU, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, University of Virginia, UT Austin, Imperial College London and University College London among others.
Gracing the joyous occasion with his august presence, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, an iconic fashion designer said: “As we grow up, we have to work towards success in this world, but at the same time introspect. I always tell people knowledge and education are things that have to be a window to your soul. My message to today’s parents is that education should not be an arranged marriage, instead it should be a love marriage, where everyone is allowed to choose their partner. In today’s world there is no room for mediocrity. If a child is to succeed they need to believe in themselves and hence he or she must be allowed to do what they are doing in order to make the world will start believe in them.”
When I was growing up, there was a dichotomy in my personality. I was very sure that I was made for something great, but at the same time, I was a back-bencher. I think I was diligent in school. Education played a major role in shaping my career and who I am now. I came from a simple, suburban school in Kolkata. What we lacked in terms of infrastructure and world view, we made up with excellent teachers. Thanks to them, they infused a strong sense of belief in myself. There were a lot of things we learnt outside the curriculum.” he further added while sharing his school experiences with the students
Rhea Singh, student of Greenwood High International School said: “We thank our teachers and the school for giving us the right direction and motivating us to work hard which ultimately paved the way for success.”
Niru Agarwal, Trustee of Greenwood High International School, said: “It is a great joy to see the graduating class of 2019 beaming with confidence. It is not only the end of an exciting journey, but also the start of a whole new chapter which will be as exciting as the previous one has been. I am completely confident that our students will perform well in whatever educational choices they make. We are also proud that our students have made it to top universities of the world. This is testimony to the rigorous training that our institution provides to our students. I wish the students the best in their future.”