When the 58 members of the Class of 2012 walked across the stage this past spring, they joined the ranks of only 4,790 people in history who can proudly say they are NJC alumni. Whether you crossed the Atlantic by sea in ’56 or by air in ‘11, you will appreciate the year of learning and growth that the Class of 2012 enjoyed à Neuchâtel. View excerpts from the students’ End of Year Reflections.

This class received acceptances to universities across Canada, the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom. We are proud to report that 84 percent of our students graduating with the OSSD have met the standard of Ontario Scholar, based on an 80 percent average or higher in six Ontario grade 12 courses. We invite you to consult the full academic profile for the Class of 2012, and a 10-year history of university placement statistics.

As has become the tradition, a distinguished keynote speaker addressed the graduates and their families at the ceremony. This year, we were honoured to have CBC Foreign Correspondent, Susan Ormiston at the podium. Susan’s husband, Keith Harradence ‘NJC 76, attended years ago and still raves about his experience as one of the best decisions that he ever made. If you have a moment, please enjoy this short clip from Ms. Ormiston’s speech. More than a moment? The entire speech is on YouTube.

The audience also heard words of wisdom from outgoing Chair of the Canadian Advisory Committee (CAC), Mr. Maxwell Thompson NJC ‘88, whose dedicated volunteer service to NJC over 10 years was acknowledged with gratitude and respect. New Chair, Mr. Gordon Piercey (Allison NJC ’02 and Adam NJC ’04), took over the role this past summer and is looking forward to building on the solid foundation set by Mr. Thompson, the CAC and the Swiss Board of Governors.

Head of School, Bill Boyer expressed his end-of-year sentiments to parents in the audience: “As much as it must have been difficult to turn your children over to us earlier this year, it is nearly as difficult now for us to let them go. But let them go we must. So we thank you for the privilege of spending this time with your son or daughter. We know we are saying goodbye to them today, but not adieu.” Congratulations and welcome to the alumni association, Class of 2012!

July 2nd, 2012