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Commencement 2019: farewells and awards in emotional atmosphere!

On Sunday, June 30, 2019, graduates of the Lyceum and IB of the American College of Greece celebrated their Commencement in an emotional atmosphere of joy and excitement. The 207 Lyceum and ΙΒ2 students wore their caps and gowns and, once again, sang the College Alma Mater.

The President, members of the Board of Trustees, the Principal, parents, friends and family, the Directors as well as Gymnasium, Lyceum and IB teachers bade farewell to the Pierce Class of 2019 and offered the graduates their best wishes for good careerσ and much success in their lives. The Keynote Speaker was Ms. Lena Triantogiannis, Partner and Leadership Consultant at Egon Zehnder, Pierce alumna (’84) and of Deree (’89) and member of the Board of Trustees of the American College of Greece.

The President of the American College of Greece, Dr. David G. Horner, greeted the graduating class and presented them with their awards. The President’s Award was given to Elli-Calliope Leontariti, the graduating senior with the highest average in English (19.2) and the Minnie Mills Award to Dimitris Tympas, the graduating senior who was an example of leadership in the school community. The academic achievement awards were given to graduating seniors who achieved the highest grade point average over the three years of the Lyceum: Elli-Calliope Leontariti was named Valedictorian, with the highest average (19.8) and Fani Georgopoulou, Christos-Dimitrios Kanellopoulos, Georgia Kapopoulou, Christina Lykoudi and Stamatopoulou-Eleni Boura achieved the second highest average (19.7) and were named Salutatorians.

Principal Eric Trujillo and the Director of the Lyceum, Mr. George Vakerlis, were next to welcome the graduates and guests to Commencement and and talked about the College experience and their entrance into universities in Greece and abroad. They expressed their hope that the graduates will always distinguish themselves and excel in a variety of activities, professional fields and contributions to society as a whole.

Next, President Horner awarded the Harvard Prize Book to Maria Kollia, a B Lyceum student who demonstrated excellent academic achievement and ethos and distinguished herself in many school activities. Pierce is the first school in Greece to give this particular Award. The name of the recipient was proposed by Pierce and approved by Harvard University.

Two graduating seniors, Fani Georgopoulou and Christina Petsa, represented their class by delivering speeches in Greek and English, respectively, and the ceremony ended with the awarding of English language diplomas.

See the Commencement Program here.

Good luck in your lives, graduates of 2019. We will always follow your achievements with joy and emotion.