Well, today was finally the end for Year 13. They have completed their IB Diploma examinations and today they graduate from Dulwich College Seoul. After two years of hard work for IB and seven years since the opening of the school, we have our first graduates. The list of universities to which they are moving includes Oxford University, Smith College, Imperial College London, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), University of Toronto, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).
But more important than that, we are graduating a terrific bunch of young people. They are students in whom we can have immense pride. They are people who are so much more than examination results - interesting young people; caring, committed, capable and tremendously resilient.
Graduation is always a time of mixed emotions for teachers. We are proud to see students go off and start their lives but also a little nervous for them. The consolation is that we have given them the time and space to develop the strength and integrity that will see them through the next stage of their lives. We hope they will stay in touch. They are part of our Dulwich family and I hope they know that we will always be happy to hear from them, see them and to help them if need be, but, inevitably they will move on and that is how it should be. Those younger students who congratulated them today will take their places, year on year as our family of alumni grows.
But, for now, Congratulations to the Class of 2017!
Mr Chris Vernon
Head of Senior School