One moment these young students were sweating over their Baccalaureate exams, the next moment they suddenly turned into adults with a Baccalaureate certificates in their hands, ready to spend their lives outside the school premises for good.
On the 3rd July 2015, the European School Munich bid farewell to 134 graduates in a moving and grand celebration that marks the end of school career in the European school system. This year's slogan "BACuna Matata" was a reference to the phrase "hakuna matata", which in Swahili means something like "everything's fine".
At first, the main players of the ceremony, the graduates, entered the sport's hall. The musical accompaniment for this entry was provided the Big Band, under the guidance of James Ready. After the musical prelude by the Secondary School's Choir, under the guidance of Julie Plugge, with support from the Secondary School's Orchestra, led by Kasia Moskwa, Rudolph Ensing, the ESM-Director, went on stage. In his opening speech, he congratulated the students on their remarkable performance in various languages, but also reminded the young European graduates to maintain the attachment to one's own country of origin and, at the same time, to assume the global responsibility that comes from an increasingly interconnected world. Taking up on this idea, Anton Hrovath, Director of the Secondary School, stressed how important one's own strengths, heart, character, experiences and inner attitude are for their further lives and then he quoted the Roman philosopher Seneca who once said: "not for school, but for life you learn".
Thereafter, speeches were held by Stefan Walz, this year's Vice President of the European Baccalaureate, Maria Castellanos, representative of the European Patent Office, and Kerstin Arenz, representatives of the Parents' Association.
In alphabetical order and accompanied by the sound of their favourite songs, Anton Hrovath called the graduates individually on stage. Rudolph Ensing then handed over the diplomas, which the students received with a big smile on their face. This was followed by the Patent Office's prize-giving ceremony and the speeches of pupils' representatives of each class. The students expressed their gratitude towards the teachers and the school, gave insights into their frame of mind during their school career and talked about their future plans.The celebration's programme included the performance of the Secondary School's choir, musical interludes by the Big Band and the Secondary School's orchestra. All these performances enchanted the audience and rounded off the festivities in a successful manner.
With the European Baccalaureate, the young Europeans of the ESM have acquired the necessary skills for a successful life and can now set sail to new shores. Congratulations to all and "hakuna matata"!