Class of 2015 waves good­bye to high school life

The China Post - - ARTS - BY EMILY CHU

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

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