Swiss Program Students Graduate!

Sunday, 22. June 2014

by Daniel Davis Wood

Sundays are usually quite relaxed and uneventful at the Ecole, but the last Sunday of the current academic year has been an exception to the rule. The day after one of the best Summerfests in memory began with a graduation brunch for students leaving the Swiss Program and ended with an encore performance of Anton Chekhov’s ‘The Wedding.’

While students in the American Program have enjoyed graduation ceremonies for many years now, Swiss Program students have only recently been able to enjoy them as well. First thing this morning, the Ecole hosted a special graduation brunch (pictured above) for all students from the Swiss Program who will not return to the Ecole next year because they will be going on to apprenticeships, new schools, or vocational schools. Their teachers and families were also in attendance alongside Barbara Hanusa, Director of the Swiss Program, and Elisabeth Wäschenfelder, Dean of Academics of the Swiss Program, and you can click here to view a gallery of photographs from the brunch.

For tonight’s evening program, in place of a final Andacht, the ten students who performed ‘The Wedding’ as part of yesterday’s Summerfest program returned to the stage to reprise their roles for a second performance in front of the entire school. Till, Arik, Julia, Sebastian, Arina, Kira, Luca, Ilyouk, Lara, and Will brought the house down with fast-paced dialogue and slapstick comedy in a staging of Chekhov’s one-act farce directed by Ernst and Sigi Thöni and Luca Schumacher. The play left the school community feeling good ahead of a day that will take an emotional toll when school leavers begin to say their final farewells to the Ecole tomorrow...