Students from TASIS The American School in Switzerland’s Class of 2019 and their families gathered in the Palestra on the eve of the School’s 63rd Commencement Ceremony for the Senior Banquet, a treasured TASIS tradition.
Following an aperitivo on the MCF Piazza, a moving performance of Fiddler on the Roof’s “Sabbath Prayer”—sung by seniors Refilwe Riba, Maria Veronica Ramos Romero, Cristina Estevez, and Francis Accilien and accompanied by Maestro di Canto Jonathan Morris—Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff approached the podium and delivered an opening address that centered on the concepts of truth, beauty, and goodness.
After an exquisite meal, Master of Ceremonies Zeydan Rahman took center stage and provided some perspective on the momentous occasion of graduating from high school.
Rahman then introduced this year’s lineup of Senior Speakers: Maria Veronica Ramos Romero, Aurelia Dochnal, Raffaella Barros Alencar, Virginia Italia, and Filippo Cipolini. Their inspiring speeches can be viewed in full below.
The senior speeches were followed by a musical interlude, with Ramos Romero (guitar and vocals), Alexander Secilmis (guitar), Zeno de Angeli (guitar), and Riccardo Borghesi (cajón) skillfully handling Green Day’s “Time of Your Life.”
Mr. Nikoloff then returned to the podium and closed down the 2019 Senior Banquet with the following remarks.
A gallery of Senior Banquet photos can be found on the TASIS SmugMug page.