Your Majesty, Your Royal Highnesses, Your Excellencies, distinguished guests,
Good evening ladies and gentlemen, families and friends of our graduating seniors – all of you who make up that greater family of King’s Academy.
Every day in our school meetings it’s our tradition to deliver gratitudes when we have someone to thank for something. Today we have many. Until quite recently I was worried about being thankful for the weather, but actually it’s turned out quite nice. We are thankful for our Royal Bagpipers and the flare with which they led us in our procession, to the armed forces band, to the girls chorus who sang our anthem under the leadership of Shireen Abu-Khader. We are thankful for our helipads which make it more convenient for His Majesty to visit, thereby making King’s Academy and important airbase for the Royal Jordanian Air Force and its most illustrious helicopter pilot. We are enormously thankful to all King’s Academy staff, the Dining Hall, grounds workers, custodians, police and public safety, electricians and engineers – everyone who has worked tirelessly under the direction of Director of Operations Ola Bseiso getting the campus ready for today. We cannot fail to be thankful for our parents with whom we have shared so much and all the brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles and grandparents who are with us today, or to our faculty for bringing us so impressively this far and preparing our seniors so well for the success they will surely have in college and beyond. And I want to make sure that on behalf of all of us I welcome back our former faculty who have returned from afar to be with us today. We are thankful to our seniors for making it through the commencement gauntlet – a last test that they have had to pass before we can grant them their diplomas. I am also thankful for the faculty. They seem to have tied their neck ties in a surprisingly tight way today, and for the camel they gave me this morning. We are ever thankful to our Board of Trustees and our Chairman Dr. Safwan, without whom so much of what we have accomplished so far would have been inconceivable. And we are profoundly grateful to His Majesty whose dream was where it all began, where we all found there was a place waiting for us – a king who came to Deerfield exactly four years ago to take Dr. Meera and me away with him and put us in our places here. While I’m sure that you’ve all circled this day ofJune third on your calendars with great anticipation, it has actually arrived too soon, at least in my point of view. The saying of goodbyes being an inevitable part of any Commencement ceremony, but let’s just concentrate – if we can – on the joy of the occasion, what we have accomplished, what we have to look forward to and the history that we are making in the words of our even song. Seniors, I congratulate you and celebrate you for the diplomas you receive today, a test to so much. They have been fiercely earned and now they will be very proudly bestowed. Let’s give them a round of applause. And now to give his greetings on behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am privileged to introduce Dr. Safwan.