Graduation was a big deal at Kodai and to emphasize it we had three different ceremonies. This also gave the parents a good show who probably traveled far to get up here. The night before graduation we had a "baccalaureate" where every candidate was required to wear traditional clothes and it was a "give thanx" kind of ceremony. I was asked to speak along with a few others for being there one of the longest, 10 years.
Then that night, there was the function, a big sit down dinner where the students perform for their parents. There were dances, musical performances, skits, etc. And then the next day was the commencement ceremony with the diplomas being handed out.
The Baccalaureate Ceremony
Sumi and me, about to enter the chapel for the Baccauleareate service. I'm wearing the traditional formal South Indian dress, my dad's silk dhoti.
Ruchi and Steve
Outside the chapel: Susan, Diksha, Ruchi and Sumi
Shanaya, Sewa and Ruchi
The Phelps Dorm Seniors: me, Raoul, Rajen and Harjoth
The class on the bleachers. It was held on our basketball courts.
Ruchi, our valedictorian giving the class speech. She's now at Harvard Medical School.
Playing a sax solo. Notice how nobody's smiling. I swear it wasn't that bad.
Our class band: Half Life. Kavin on bass and David on lead
Getting my diploma from the principal
Kavin and me
The Lower Boyer girls: Ruchi, Suman, Priya, Urvashi, Sumi, Angie and Diksha
Rajen, Aviraj, Dorji and me
Raoul and me
The graduating Class of 1999 of Kodai International School