Celebrating Milestones: 2024 Graduation and Abiball

Graduation marks a time of reflection, celebration, and anticipation for the future. This year’s ceremony showcased our students’ hard work, dedication, and remarkable achievements. The event featured musical performances by fellow GISB students, heartfelt speeches, and a strong sense of community. The festivities began on Friday, May 17 and culminated in a festive Abiball the day after. Here’s a look back at our unforgettable celebrations.

Graduation Ceremony

Holger Wirtz, our Head of School, welcomed everyone with a heartfelt address, setting the tone for the ceremony. Following him, Dr. Sonja Kreibich, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, shared her inspiring words with the graduates. Sibylle Seite, Schulrätin (KMK Berlin), and Tilman Kispersky, Chair of the GISB Board of Trustees, also delivered remarks emphasizing the significance of this milestone.

Holger Wirtz and Jan Lechtenberg, the Grade 12 Homeroom Teacher, delivered the commencement addresses. Their speeches were filled with encouragement and pride, reflecting on the students’ journey and the bright futures that lie ahead.

The Class of 2024 students reflected on their experiences and expressed gratitude to their teachers, presenting them each with a small token of appreciation. Following this, one of the graduates performed “Turn to Stone” by Ingrid Michaelson. Her voice, paired with the piano accompaniment, created a poignant atmosphere.

The highlight of the day was the presentation of diplomas and awards. Each graduate’s name was called, and they were presented with both their German and American diplomas amidst cheers from family and friends. This was followed by the traditional Class of 2024 Cap Toss, symbolizing their transition from students to alumni. The ceremony concluded with a reception, where everyone enjoyed light refreshments and shared congratulations and well-wishes.

Abiball

The celebrations continued on Saturday, May 18, with the Abiball. This evening was a joyous occasion filled with food, drinks, music, and dancing. The ambiance was vibrant, with a photo booth capturing fun moments, trivia games that tested everyone’s knowledge, and more!

The Abiball was not just a celebration of the end of school but a time for the graduates to create lasting memories with their loved ones. The night was filled with laughter, joy, and a sense of accomplishment, rounding off a perfect graduation celebration.

Congratulations to the Class of 2024! We are so proud of you and wish you all the best in your future endeavors.