Class of 2016 Graduation
written by: Mariam Hassaballa, Class of 2016 President
From the commencement of the ceremony to the cap toss, it’s almost impossible to dilute such a poignant and intense ceremony to just a few words. The graduating ceremony began with the national anthem salutation and Mariam Ezzat followed with a beautiful Quran recital leaving the crowd in awe. The speeches then began by introductions from Ms. Abeya Fathy, Head Principal, and Mr. Keith Ord, High School Principal. Five Hayah students then spoke at the ceremony. Aamenah Elsherif, Class Valedictorian talked about the journey we embarked on and the changes we faced, thanking the people who had helped us along the way. Donia Sameh, Class Salutatorian, gave a Cairokee-inspired speech honoring memories of our class going to numerous concerts together. Then, Mariam Hassaballah, Class President, discussed the changes our class had gone through together from Elementary School to High School, illustrating the years this class had spent together. Following the tradition, she handed the senior flag to the Class of 2017’s Class President, Farah El Shimi. Salma Ehab, Class Speaker, then showed the crowd the many talents and virtues of the Class of 2016, stressing on the unique qualities it brought to the Hayah community. Finally, as a surprise, the fifth speaker, Moustafa Ahmed, recited a poem he wrote about his Hayah experience, bringing smiles and laughter to audience members.
The speeches filled the ceremony with a multitude of emotions and were then accentuated by a video demonstrating the close bond of the class and the unbreakable friendships made over the years. As a new element of the graduation ceremony, it was not enough to honor the class with diplomas, but also with awards to outstanding students in the academic as well as the non-academic fields. The component of surprise that went with these awards made it all the more exciting.
- Principal’s Award: Alia El Kattan
- Citizenship Award: Salma Ehab
- Artistic Award: Nour Abdel Baky
- Athletic Award: Mariam Hassaballah
The class of 2016 made it through IB with an average score of 34 and with 20 students scoring 37 and above. Two students achieved the top score of 43 – Zeina Gohar and Moustafa Saleh. Class of 2016 alumni will be attending many top universities around the globe including Toronto, London, Montréal, Amsterdam, Abu Dhabi, Manchester, Boston, Istanbul, and here in Cairo.
Finally, the long-awaited moment arrived when Ms. Abeya Fathy officially graduated the Class of 2016. After moving our tassels from left to right, our class at last graduated from High School and started a new journey, which we will forever share together as the Class of 2016 Hayah family.