AIS-Salzburg Graduates 20 Seniors

May 29, 2024

The Commencement Exercises at AIS-Salzburg represent the most important and significant of all annual events at our school.  Seniors commence to become alumni after receiving their very hard-earned diplomas and receive our blessings and high hopes for a successful and satisfying future.

This past Thursday, the 2024 commencement exercises were once again held at the beautiful Kavalierhaus at Schloss Klessheim on the outskirts of Salzburg.  By tradition, the members of the senior class of 2024 entered to the strains of Pomp and Circumstance by Edward Elgar played by the Pro Musica Quartet led by Ms. Lardschneider of our teaching faculty.

The class Salutatorian, Milla Shapiro, showed her gratitude to her teachers, the resident staff, her classmates, and her family, all who have supported her through her high school years at AIS-Salzburg. Marija Bodroza, the European Council for International Schools Award for International Understanding winner, then addressed the class and guests after being introduced by Ms. Fox, the Dean of Students.

While the Pro Musica Quartet played Mozart’s Divertimento in D, the graduates left their seats and presented a rose to their family members and loved ones; a touching and emotional expression of their gratitude and appreciation to those who supported and strengthened their resolve again and again.

Valedictorian, Nikol Georgieva, after being introduced by Mr. Suttmann, presented a touching and heartfelt speech which included a thank you to her teachers, classmates, as well as her family. Mrs. Kaserbger then presented the Commencement Address to the Class of 2024, fulfilling the seniors’ wish that she do so—an indication of the high regard and respect they have for her efforts both as an instructor and as a supporter of their labors throughout the year.

With the awarding of their diplomas by Mr. McLean, the individual members of the class completed the last requirement for graduating beyond secondary education and received their qualification for further studies at the universities of their choice.  With caps thrown into the air, they fell into each other’s arms, rejoicing at their accomplishments, but saddened by the conclusion of their time together in Salzburg, Austria.