We had our third graduation ceremony on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 5:30pm, and it was a very special event with 70-80 people in attendance. Leda, our talented and creative receptionist, decorated the car port beautifully, creating a cozy atmosphere with white Christmas lights and large white Chinese lanterns. We had 43 graduates, although not all attended the ceremony.
16 of the graduates were children aged 5 to 10 in our Kid’s Program. They were the highlight of the ceremony, singing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and showing their English skills by asking and answering questions spontaneously of each other.
The certificates were given to students by their teachers, Bethany, Anna, and Tara. It was the first graduation ceremony where Bethany wasn’t the only teacher! The teachers said something personal about each graduate before awarding certificates.
Two advanced students, Javier Ramirez and Angel Espinoza, did a fantastic job speaking about how to be successful in learning English. Following their speeches, we invited the guests to enjoy some refreshments and possibly purchase some typical snacks from the U.S., like peanut butter cookies and rice crispies. We also sold Estelar T-shirts and polos for the first time!
Four students won an hour of private English class in a raffle, and all of the proceeds went to Manos Abiertas, a non-profit organization in the area that does admirable community work.
We are very proud of our graduates!