Ramallah Friends School held its 112th Commencement Sunday May 27th.
"This is a school with a proud history. In fact, 149 years of history that has shaped and influenced countless alumni. I ask that those alumni present here today stand. These people before you represent generations of Ramallah Friends School graduates." said Head of School Adrian Moody while directing his message to Class of 2018, "Today you join them. The torch of leadership that was once entrusted to these past graduates now passes to you. You represent not only this school but the whole Palestinian community."
The commencement ceremony was attended by friends and families of 98 RFS seniors who had just finished their official IB exams.
Palestinian Minister of Higher Education, Dr. Sabri Seidam, gave a heartfelt speech during the ceremony, and he was followed by speeches from Lower School teacher Huwaida Imseeh and valedictorians Yazan Mimi and Sara Yasin.
Guest speaker Mr. Azzam Shawa, Palestine Monetary Authority Governor, wished the graduates the best of luck and success.
“It is a privilege and honor to be with you on this momentous occasion. Today, our sons and daughters are closing a key chapter in their life, as they graduate from the time-honored Friends School. The edifice we pride ourselves in and look up to as a beacon of quality education and human moral values.” – Mr. Shawa
Before presenting the graduates with their high school certificates, the school administration honored Jeries Abu Ezam – Upper School Deputy Principal and Duha Masri – KG Head and PYP Coordinator, who leave RFS this year after gracefully serving the school for more than 35 years.*