The graduation ceremony of Aga Khan School, Dhaka, for 2019-20 academic year, was held on Saturday.
The event, which was held virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic, celebrated the success and resilience of the 67 graduating students.
Principal Dr Dale Taylor, in her address to the graduates, recognised that while the Covid-19 pandemic had affected society in many detrimental ways, the resilience of the graduates in the face of adversity would serve them well in the future.
She further noted that their education had given the graduates perseverance, fortitude and determination, which, along with their resilience, would help them to achieve success, even in difficult circumstances.
Guest Speaker Runa Khan, Executive Director and Founder of Friendship, a non-profit organization that works with vulnerable and remote communities in Bangladesh, congratulated the graduates and motivated them to pursue their dreams with determination and courage, but without compromising their values.
She urged them to derive strength from the people who believe in them, as well as to show humility and be open to learning from every aspect of life.
Chairman of the Aga Khan Education Service Amyn Saleh acknowledged the graduates for their perseverance and tenacity during these unprecedented times, and encouraged them to make use of the knowledge, attitudes and values they possessed to thrive in a complex, dynamic and diverse world.
He also advised them to show commitment to service, to openly embrace pluralism and diversity, and to be ethical leaders as they strive to tackle the grave challenges of their generation, including climate change and social injustice.
Along with the graduation speeches, the virtual ceremony included special messages for the graduating class from popular Bangladeshi musicians and alumni of the school, a performance from their juniors, and a tribute video recognising the contribution the class of 2020 to the school.
Operating for over thirty years, The Aga Khan School in Dhaka is considered one of the top-performing English medium schools in the city and is also authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Diploma Programme (DP), along with the Cambridge IGCSE and A-Levels.