On Saturday 23 May, the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa celebrated the graduation of 67 exceptionally talented students from its Class of 2020, at a specially planned virtual graduation ceremony. These new graduates, many of whom attended the Academy with support from its financial aid and scholarship programmes, now join a growing corps of global young leaders who have benefited from the Academy’s unique curriculum and approach to education, hoping to effect positive change in their communities in the future.
Although a physical ceremony was not possible due to current COVID-19 lockdown measures, the virtual graduation was planned to honour the Class of 2020 and the students’ achievements in completing the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme studies. As well as the graduating class, the ceremony was watched by over 400 households across the globe, many of which included families, friends, teachers, alumni and supportive well-wishers.
Speaking of the graduating class, Head of Academy Ms Alison Hampshire commented: “It has been a privilege to witness each and every one of these students develop both personally and academically over the past two years.
Students from the Class of 2020 were offered over US$ 6 million in university scholarships and admission offers to attend prestigious schools around the world, including Cambridge University, the Pratt Institute, Yale University, the University of British Columbia, McGill University and Concordia University, amongst many others.
During the ceremony, editorial cartoonist Godfrey Mwampembwa (pen name Gado), chosen by the graduating class as its guest speaker, left the students with some words of wisdom: “As you leave your prestigious institution, as you march forward with your life, as you seek to pursue your future, as you seek to become change-makers, go and seek power, go and seek knowledge, for knowledge is power.”
This text has been adapted from an article published on the Aga Khan Academy website.