Stay Curious – Stay Critical

On Friday, August 31, IST Austria hosted the graduation ceremony for 36 students from our IB program.

Published on 04.09.2018

On Friday, August 31, IST Aus­tria hosted the gradu­ation cere­mony for 36 stu­dents from the Inter­na­tional Bac­ca­laur­eate (IB) pro­gram at the Gym­nas­ium Klosterneuburg Inter­na­tional School. The fest­ive occa­sion cel­eb­rated the gradu­ates’ suc­cess fol­low­ing two years of hard work and per­sonal invest­ment: The gradu­at­ing class’ score was sig­ni­fic­antly higher than the world aver­age, some­thing KIS got used to in the program’s nine-year his­tory at Gym­nas­ium Klosterneuburg. After their long adven­ture together, many of them will head off to uni­ver­sity, excited to start the next chapter of their lives. Aca­demic achieve­ment is not the sole focus of the IB pro­gram, how­ever: Follow your pas­sion, stay true to your­self, take risks and dare to be innov­at­ors”, con­cluded Siegfrid Opelka, the coordin­ator of the IB Pro­gram.

The cere­mony also com­mem­or­ates the 12th anniversary of the IST Aus­tria, one of the main part­ners of the Klosterneuburg IB pro­gram. As an inter­na­tional research campus and a beacon for plur­al­ism and open­ness, the Insti­tute is proud to open its doors to host events such as this. Con­clud­ing his wel­come address on Friday, Stefan Bernhardt, rep­res­ent­ing IST Aus­tria, urged the gradu­ates to sup­port demo­cracy and free­dom, and first and fore­most to stay curi­ous, stay crit­ical!”