“We may be dreamers,
but we’re not the only ones.”
– Mark Surnin, TGS Class of 2014
I would call the graduates way more than just dreamers, Mark, I would call you architects. One week after the inaugural graduation of THINK Global School I still find myself humbled and inspired by our first cohort of graduates. They not only navigated their way through cultural differences, 12 countries and the IB program but they also trail-blazed a new path of education through travel and place-based learning.
The graduates are the architects of a school culture that makes world peace an experienced reality.
We had a number of incredible speakers for the Graduation ceremony at the Grand Prince Hotel in Hiroshima. After the ceremony the graduates head to Nairobi, Kenya to begin the last of their challenges with TGS a two-week over-landing trip ending with a hike to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak. Ray Zahab, founder of Impossible2Possible, taught us that anything is possible, giving his first hand experience transitioning from a smoker and couch-potato to being a leading ultra-marathon runner. He then created an NPO to give students the opportunity to learn from adventure racing and travel and blend the two with Impossible to Possible. Maggie Doyne, founder of BlinkNow, a small town girl from New Jersey, managed to start something that mattered in a small village in Nepal. She traveled there in her early 20s and she now is mother to 43 orphans and runs a school for roughly 300 students who receive both an education and medical care. She shared her experiences with our students and challenged them to make a difference.
Richard Branson even lent his words in a video message to our graduates. He encouraged them to find a passion and do what makes them happy for the rest of their lives, like he did.
Here is what I have to say to the graduates, and it is my hope that this brings a smile to their faces and some added encouragement to summit Mount Kilimanjaro.
The teachers and staff look forward to seeing what these graduate architects create and develop in our world, and anxiously anticipate working side by side with them wherever they may be.