2021 Commencement Ceremony


We were delighted to celebrate the outstanding Class of 2021 with a private Commencement Ceremony in the Palestra at 11:00 on the morning of Saturday, May 29. The ceremony, which was attended by graduating students and High School faculty members and administrators due to the safety restrictions still in effect in Ticino, featured an invocation from Chairman of the Board of Directors Lynn Fleming Aeschliman, a keynote address by Foundation Board Member Dr. Michael Aeschliman, the presentation of Graduation Awards by Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff and academic department chairs, a valedictory address by Autumn Bachofen ’21, the presentation of diplomas by Academic Dean Dr. Mark Abisi, and musical performances by Fran Suarez Gallo ’21, Ella Grace Abisi ’21, and members of the Performing Arts Department.

Below is the order of events with time-stamped links:

  • Processional: Pomp and Circumstance, Op. 39, by Edward Elgar (0:00)
  • Invocation: Ms. Lynn Fleming Aeschliman, Chairman of the Board of Directors (7:54
  • The Swiss National Anthem: Francisco Suarez Gallo ’21 (9:55)
  • “The Star-Spangled Banner”: Ella Grace Abisi ’21 (11:09)
  • Commencement Address: Prof. Michael D. Aeschliman, Ph.D. (13:08)
  • Arabesque No. 1: Kelly Zhao ’21 (34:44)
  • Presentation of Awards: Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff and Department Chairs (39:39
  • Valedictory Address: Autumn Bachofen ’21 (1:22:26)
  • Presentation of Diplomas: Dr. Mark Abisi, Academic Dean (1:29:16)
  • Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi: Samantha Forrest, Jonathan Morris, and Dessislava Deltcheva (2:03:44)
  • Recessional: Pomp and Circumstance, Op. 39, by Edward Elgar (2:06:15)
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