Graduation Ceremony at Instituto Estelar Bilingüe


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.

The director, Bethany, speaking at the graduation.

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 kids with their certificates!

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.

Anna with her advanced class! Javier and Angel gave presentations in the ceremony.

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!

Bethany selling sodas, snacks, raffle tickets, and T-shirts.

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!

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2 responses to “Graduation Ceremony at Instituto Estelar Bilingüe

  1. Congratulations to all of the wonderful students and teachers! Bethany, I am so amazed! Just think: one year ago the school was just a dream. Now it is definitely a successful reality. you go girl!

    • Thanks so much, Connie! It has been a whirlwind of a year, and I’ve learned A LOT. I am grateful to the students who keep coming back and to my new teachers who are doing a stellar job! And thank YOU for always reading this blog 🙂

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