On June 5, 2014, Everest International Program celebrated the graduation of its 14th generation of students. The week was full of mixed emotions for the students: the anxiety of final exams, excitement to be reunited with the families, and the sadness of saying goodbye not only to the other international students but also to the American friends they made during this year.
After ceremonies at Everest Academy had concluded on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, the International Program graduation took place Thursday afternoon at Boulder Pointe Golf Club. The evening began with an awards ceremony recognizing the students for their achievements in all areas of formation. Miss Patricia Cantu addressed the students reminding them, "Girls, don’t ever forget that you are a part of Everest.
Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will always be a "boarder." Even though you might not feel ready, I know that each of you is ready for the challenges ahead of you. I know some of you are afraid, or nervous, or wonder if you will be able to keep up your values and habits. Trust in yourself and know that you always have a family in Everest supporting you and believing you."
Among the achievements recognized during the ceremony were the Director’s Award for the highest grade point average awarded to Maria Paula Tobias from San Luis Potosi and the Integra Mulier award which recognized Cecilia Barroso from Queretaro for her excellence in all areas of formation. Mr. and Mrs. Roberto Orozco, parents of Ines Orozco from Guadalajara, were the "godparents" of the generation. Having sent three daughters to Everest International Program they shared some words with the graduates and presented each girl with a gift.
After the awards ceremony, the evening continue with a dinner and a presentation by the students. The students shared their talents in ballet, tap, jazz, piano, and singing with their families as a way to say thank you for their year at Everest International Program. Throughout the evening some students also shared their reflections on their year at the academy. Many of the American families and students from Everest Academy, as well as faculty and staff were in attendance.
Before wrapping up the evening, the students and alumni in attendance took a moment to recognize Miss Patricia Cantu for her ten year anniversary working at Everest International Program. The evening ended with tearful goodbyes between the students and their American friends. The International Program also bids goodbye to Miss Margaret Watkins who has been Instructor of Formation for three years. She is moving on to a new mission in Germany. As well, Miss Alejandra Curiel who has been an Instructor of Formation for two years will be moving on Mexico City.