It’s not every day that the ASIJ High School Class of 2017 graduates. In fact, it only ever happens once. This year, 144 seniors graduated in total, five of whom graduated early.
On Friday, June 2, the Class of 2017 walked the campus, parading through each divisional building, as students and parents expressed their congratulations.
Our graduates had an opportunity to reflect on their time at ASIJ as they high-fived elementary siblings and friends, fist-bumped middle schoolers and gave heart-felt goodbye hugs to their high school classmates. The senior walk concluded as the Class of ’17 passed through our temporarily resurrected historic gate, ceremoniously stepped on the stones of past classes and, in the end, unveiled their own class stone.
Following the walk, seniors gathered at Fuchu-no-Mori Hall on Saturday to attend their graduation ceremony. Kotta Katsuda and Andy Takagi addressed their classmates as this year’s student speakers. This milestone in the life of our graduates was live streamed and preserved by ASIJ TV for family and friends around the world. It is available for viewing on the ASIJ TV Youtube channel.
Saying goodbye to our graduating students is never easy. But in a way we’re saying hello to our newest alumni! As the graduating students head out to universities around the world, we wish them the best in many new and exciting adventures.