Class of 2015 waves goodbye to high school life
Commencement, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, has two different meanings: the ceremonies or the day for conferring degrees or diplomas, and the time when something begins. HSNU Commencement. Interestingly, the blue-skinned Na’vi on Pandora link to the nickname of HSNU students, Kids of the Blue Sky (藍天之子), Tsai explained with a smile.
Before entering the auditorium, all graduates had to pass and visit “Pandora aisle.” The lifelike setting, animation and the Na’vi that seemed they could come to life anytime amazed everyone. Furthermore, the concept of using recycling waste as materials successfully brought up the awareness of environmental protection, which is the sub-theme in Avatar. “It represents the idea of being grateful for what we own,” said student coordinator Wilson Tai (戴維辰). can never be forgotten. In addition to students’ colorful ideas, teachers of HSNU also recorded a beautiful song, through which they expressed their love and care toward all graduates. The lights dimmed when the ceremony came to an end, students in front of the stage held flashlights and waved them with the song “See You Again,” moving everyone on the scene.
The graduation ceremony of TAS upper school, on the other hand, was rather simple. On May 30, faculty, family and friends of TAS graduates gathered in their gymnasium, celebrating the graduation of the Class of 2015. Flowers were placed all over the area, which was decorated in blue and gold, colors that represent TAS. Also, TAS specially designed the program with the picture of its mascot, a tiger, for every guest. “There was live music playing as we walked down the red carpet in rows,” said one of the graduates Nina H. “To me, it was a time to really think and appreciate all the great people I met throughout high school, be it teachers or peers.”
“As knowledge increases, wonder deepens,” British novelist Charles Morgan once said. There were obstacles and miracles happening at each stage in our lives, and we grew up within these stories. No matter what form it is, through a memorable commencement, we gather and appreciate, giving each other the warmest blessings. Finally, remember to smile while saying goodbye, because the journey doesn’t start at the beginning, but begins at the end. Happy graduation, Class of 2015!
1. Interesting performances were one of the
climaxes in 75th HSNU Commencement
2. Graduates of TAS Upper School Class 2015 threw their caps high into the air with cheerfulness 3. Student coordinator of the 75th HSNU Commencement, Wilson Tai (戴維辰), values the friendship they gained through preparing the event together