“This cycle of life that so often begins/ends … today has ended a phase, but beautiful times will now begin.” With this phrase Rabbi Gustavo Kelmeszes ended his speech to the Seniors at the recent religious ceremony called Last Chapel. This is why today, more than ending a phase, new times begin. Thus, name of this ceremony is “Commencement”, as rather than a farewell, this is the starting point of new challenges for our students.
The Commencement ceremony starts with the Seniors going into the hall accompanied by juniors who hold the evergreen chain: the natural pine-tree chain representing the future of new generations. This moment will be imprinted forever in the memory of each student, due to the mixture of emotions that are felt during the celebration, and because of the great amount of memories that come to our minds, of moments, experiences and lessons lived between the walls that congregate the large community of the Santiago College.
Jaime Vela, president of the Higher Board of the Santiago College Educational Foundation, urged the 134 members of the 2018 Class to transcend in the projects they will face during life and always keep alive the link with the school and their classmates. “Because we will continue to evolve in our understanding of the mission and purpose of this institution within education in Chile and the world, we require your help, and who knows if one of you will also be in the Board or the Council in some 20 or 30 years more”, he emphasized. Similarly, the Head of Innovation from the Ministry of Education, Sebastián Marambio, in his capacity as “special guest”, gave several advices to Seniors; the most important message, however, was to invite them to contribute
to the country and the world. “As our future leaders, you play an important role in encouraging the changes we need and in leading with efficiency. You need to know that you are capable of changing the world, even more so if we work together. We must transform this into an exciting future”, he ended.
The school Headmistress Miss Lorna Prado Scott, in turn, encouraged them to find “a road that really represents you”. “I am absolutely confident that each of you is prepared to face whatever you will live from now on. You are in charge of taking command of your life and deciding how you will face storms, rains or droughts”, the Headmaster emphasized.
Finally, Miss Lorna proceeded to grant the six awards granted by the school at the end of the students’ school life. The following students were distinguished: Tae Won Hwang, ECIS Award; María Jesús Kurth Gandolfi, Creativity Award; Fernanda Valenzuela Nieto and Luca Strabucchi Ovalle, Sportmanship Award; Camila Chackiel Durán, Salutatorian Award; Alessandra Jaruffe Calabrese, Valedictorian Award. Finally, the student Anuar Khamis Juri was acknowledged with the Finer Humankind Award, the most important distinction granted by Santiago College that symbolizes the set of values taught at school: joy of living, responsibility, compassion, perseverance, respect and honesty.