Graduation Ceremony

Thirty graduates of the German Abitur and six graduates of Secondary School I received their certificates in a festive setting on May 10th at the German International School Dubai.

Around 200 guests had followed the invitation of the principal and board of DISD. Next to families and friends of the graduates, many teachers and staff of the school joined the celebrations. Among the guests were Mr Salah Sharaf, Director General of the DISD investor Sharaf Group and Mr Mazen Khourdaji, Managing Director of the DISD sponsor GAAST LLC, distributor of brands such as Tchibo and Teekanne, and also the Swiss Consul General Mr. Chris Watt with his wife, whose daughter was one of the graduates.

From the German Consulate General the Consul General Mr Günter Rauer came with his his wife, whose daughter as well was one of the graduates, and further Vice Consul Mrs Alexandra Chambless and her husband were present. The school’s board was represented by the head of the board Mr

Johannes Hummer as well as by Mrs Gabriela Noser-Katiela, Mr Götz Rößner and Mr Munier Al-Amoudi.

The evening was opened with a festive reception on the school gallery. With non-alcoholic sparkling wine and a typical German Buffet. The school’s canteen operator Organic Foods & Café served delicious treats such as potato salad with schnitzel, onion tart, bratwurst with mashed potato and sauerkraut, and sweet treats such as red berry compote and cheese cake.

In convivial company the guests got ready for the following ceremony, which took place in the festively decorated canteen who was converted into a ceremonial hall. After a short welcoming by the principal Mr Helmut Jolk, the student Lenia Keffel and the student’s representative Tim Finnern took over to as charming masters of ceremony.

Addresses were made by the Consul General Mr Günter Rauer, the head of the exam panel and official from the German Ministry of Education Mr Thomas Mayer, the head of the board Mr Johannes Hummer and the graduates’ class teachers Mrs Andrea Schöne and Mrs Carolin Schemenau.

Just before the highlight of the evening, the graduation ceremony, principal Mr Jolk addressed the students. He advised the students to have firm targets for their journey into the future. In their packing list should be courage, entrepreneurship, foresight, fairness, responsibility, openness and community spirit. At this very moment, when they set sail, they should turn around one more time to see their parents and teachers waving good bye and wishing them all the best and good luck for their life journey.

Then the students were called successively on stage to receive their certificates. The best students were recognized with awards. Estella Neumaier had the best average of the Secondary I students and received a voucher for celebrating with her family at Organic Foods & Café. Of the Abiturienten (high school graduates) the best student is Yvette Klein, followed by Leyla Bischoff, Jennifer Watts and Amparo Rauer.

DISD sponsor GAAST LLC once again presented two laptops. One was given to the best student Yvette Klein and the second one was given to the student with the best improvement, Amgad Al-Zamkan.

The ceremony complemented by different musical contributions. Head of music department Mr Lay Kar Kho and the music teacher Mr Carlos Teixeira played the Hamburger Sonate (Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach) on the piano and the flute. Students of grade 10 presented the known German songs Tage wie diese (Toten Hosen) and Auf uns (Andreas Bourani). For the finale of the event the primary school choir won the people’s hearts with Ciao es war schön (Fredrik Vahle).

Just before that the principal had some final words of gratitude for the guests. He thanked all participants and organizers of the event, the supporters Organic Foods & Café, and the event agency MAMEMO, who equipped the stage with light and sound. Special thanks went to the head of the exam panel Mr Thomas Mayer, and to the head of secondary school II Mrs Sybillle Cierpka, who for the seventh time successfully led a graduation class to their exam and received a standing ovation.

For more pictures please click here to see our facebook album of the event.