Principal's Graduation Speech 2018

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From the Principal

Class of 2018

Today marks the end of an era for all of you sitting here. Graduation, end of compulsory school and your last days at IESJ. But as you say farewell to the well known, your friends and teachers and close the door on your highschool years you also open the door to the future. A future that we know nothing about, yet.

At IESJ you have had the opportunity to learn and grow, to fail, try again and fail again and to constantly strive to learn more, be more, know more.

We will celebrated some of your results today but there is so much more to all of you then what can be shown here. You are 124 unique individuals, all with your own unique academic and social talents.

I have borrowed a quote from Steve Jobs that I feel really summarizes my hopes and dreams for you. In his commencement speech at Stanford university 2005 he said:

“Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”

I hope your years at IESJ, with the help of outstanding teachers and staff, have given you just that, the courage to follow your own heart and mind.

After having spent the last two years with you, and especially after our trip to Poland, I feel confident that our future has never looked as bright. You are curious, you are kind, you are brave and you are ready to take on the world and all that it has to offer.

Class of 2018 i wish you all the best for the future.

/Mrs Viljosson, Principal