On May 25, 42 Grade 12 High School students from The American International School of Muscat (TAISM), representing 25 nations, graduated in the presence of Marc J Sievers, US Ambassador to the Sultanate. Over 500 parents, faculty, and students attended the event which was held in the school’s Bosch Center for the Performing Arts. The 42 graduates have been accepted and plan to enrol in universities around the world including the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, Asia, GCC and Oman.
Richard Petersen, High School Principal, presented two special awards to the graduates on the commencement exercises. The awards for academic excellence were given to seniors Mohamed al Kooheji, Alex Cramer, Nora Jackson, Elisabeth Jilan, Sofia Nadezhdina, Earl John Pagdanganan, Vivienne Seymour and Vansh Sood who ended their academic record with Highest Honours (GPA greater than 4.0).
The outstanding senior award, selected by the High School faculty, went to a student who best embodies the mission of the school. This year the award went to Vivienne Seymour. Arielle Combrinck and Nora Jackson spoke at the graduation ceremony. Arielle was selected by the faculty to be the master of ceremony for the event and Nora was selected to present the Graduation Address.
Fawzi Mushantaf, Chairperson of TAISM’s Board of Directors, and Kevin Schafer, TAISM Director, awarded diplomas to the graduates. The students were lauded for their outstanding achievements and support towards the school as well as Oman’s community.
The TAISM Concert Band, under the leadership of Band Director Dylan Dwyer, performed the prelude and processional music, including Edward Elgar’s popular “Pomp and Circumstance.” In honor of the graduating seniors, the TAISM High School Choir, directed by Melanie Brink, performed the school’s choral anthem, “Like an Eagle.”
Following the graduation ceremony, all attendees were invited to a reception in the Bosch Center. TAISM has now completed 19 years of educational service to the American and international communities in the Sultanate. The school currently enrols 750 students from early childhood through Grade 12, representing 63 nationalities.
Earlier, TAISM also held an awards ceremony for the High School students who were named as the most outstanding ones.