The International School of London Qatar (ISL Qatar) recently celebrated their fourth annual Grade 12 graduation. The Graduation of the Class of 2016 proved to be an emotional, colourful and memorable event as the 60 graduates, resplendent in their gowns, hats and sashes, were recognised for their achievements.

Christopher Charleson, Head of School, said:

The Class of 2016 is quite unique in its diversity. A truly multicultural group, with 26 different nationalities from across the globe, speaking 15 different languages, and they have all come together in a special way to create the story of the Class of 2016. They truly reflect unity through diversity.’

During the ceremony, Charleson awarded a number of special awards for graduates who had excelled in certain areas of their studies.ISLQ Graduation 2016

  • Dana Al Rumaihi and Boris van Hellemondt were honoured with Valedictorian awards in recognition of attaining the highest academic standards, making outstanding contributions to the school and for being exemplary representatives of the Class of 2016.
  • Michael Peter received the Global Citizenship and Community Action award as the student who demonstrated leadership and responsibility, and took action in a range of humanitarian and environmental matters, both locally and internationally.
  • Shezin Rahman received the award for the best Extended Essay that met the highest IB criteria and demonstrated intellectual challenge and achievement.
  • Angelo Scalzone received the Learner Award as the student who had shown outstanding educational growth, improvement, commitment and intellectual development in his academic studies.
  • The ISL Qatar Understanding award was granted to Katrina Gomez who showed a positive attitude toward the life and culture of others, is a contributing force in the life of the school, and has the ability to bring differing people together in a sense of community and international understanding.

The ECIS adult award for the Promotion of International Education was awarded to Nerine Chalmers in recognition of her exemplary contributions to the promotion of international education and to the understanding of world cultures. Chalmers exhibits a positive attitude towards others; seeks to promote an understanding and appreciation of other cultures; and demonstrates the ability to inspire others.

Many students now await their IB results with anticipation which will be issued on 6 July. Students are looking forward to taking up places at top universities worldwide. 

An audience of over 800 family members, fellow students and friends were present in the school to share the celebration. An impressive 2000 people watched the live Graduation feed all around the world via the school’s website.