What does graduation look like during a pandemic? During their virtual graduation ceremony, Stamford’s Class of 2020 didn’t miss the chance to don their caps-and-gowns
While graduating students this year may have had to forego formal ceremonies and the celebratory cap tossing due to Covid-19, it seems the trade-offs have managed to cushion the blow just a little. YouTube brought together a virtual commencement celebration with influential people like Malala Yousafzai, Barack and Michelle Obama, and even Beyoncé, who all addressed the Class of 2020 with encouraging words and powerful advice. Not to mention students got to graduate comfortably in their loungewear!
That said, the graduating cohort at Stamford American International School didn’t pass up the opportunity to don caps and gowns for their Class of 2020 Virtual Graduation ceremony. The livestreamed event saw 129 students (and their families!) join in the festivities, as chosen SAIS faculty members conferred diplomas to students on behalf of the school.
Stamford is known as the first and only school in Singapore to offer students aged 2 months to 18 years the opportunity to pursue the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, Advanced Placement (AP) International Diploma, or a blended program of both, on top of graduating with a US-accredited Stamford High School Diploma. So it’s no surprise that 92% of SAIS graduating students were accepted into their Top 3 college choices!
Students applied to universities across 19 countries, with acceptances to high-profile universities such as UBC, U Toronto and McGill in Canada; Imperial College, Warwick and Bath in the UK; and Duke, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Georgia Tech, Haverford College, University of Michigan, and the University of Southern California in the USA.
Following the notable announcements, the ceremony capped off with a surprise – a video of well-wishes from over 30 country ambassadors, representing the diverse nationalities of the SAIS Class of 2020.
Graduating Irish student Mark McMahon shares his thoughts on Stamford:
“Walking through the gates of Stamford seven years ago, I was inspired to develop my interpersonal skills both inside and outside the classroom. Stamford’s structured and diverse CCA program presented me with the perfect opportunity to achieve my personal aims and ambitious goals.
During my time at Stamford I have led the global fight against Climate Change as Founder and President of the Green Lions club. A profound achievement under my leadership was the implementation of 845 solar panels as a part of the Green Lions Solar for Stamford Project.
As Secretary General of Stamford’s Model United Nations (MUN) and SAISMUN conference, I took great honor in uniting young student leaders to foster change in the world community. In addition, my attendance at multiple MUN conferences in Singapore and overseas enhanced my understanding and appreciation of global cultures.
My leadership experience has prompted me to pursue an International Business degree at university, which I will attend as a proud Stamford Lion this fall.”
Stamford American International School
Elementary and Secondary Campus, 1 Woodleigh Lane (off Upper Serangoon Road), Singapore 357684
Early Years Campus, 3 Chuan Lane, Gate 4, Singapore 554350
Tel: (+65) 6602 7247, [email protected], www.sais.edu.sg