Tuesday evening closed with a flurry of unconcealed excitement, and detailed precision and practice, with the staff, student volunteers and graduating batch of 2017-2018 in high spirits, working through practice runs with fast paced efficiency, everyone holding important roles to play in the carefully laid out plan.
The Inventure hub, a newly constructed, massive pavilion hosted the event, on Wednesday, 24 January, 2018. Throughout the day, student volunteers could be seen carefully arranging rangoli and other decorations, others huddled in groups, discussing their roles as ushers, others working on backstage to ensure the smooth flow of the event, and some, on the traditional lighting of the candles, preparing the stage before the arrival of the students of Grade 10 and 12.
Chairs, wrapped elegantly in white satin were filled, momentous energy filling the hall, as greetings and words of warm welcome were exchanged, the orange and blue saris and suits of the batches instantly brightening the room.
Sara Bhaskar and Darsh Kadam, both from Grade 11, opened the event by introducing the choir, whose hopeful hymn – a rendition of ‘A million dreams’ acted as a heartwarming prelude to the ceremony. Following passionate opening speeches, including one by Mr Nandan Nilekani, Co-founder and Non Executive Chairman of Infosys as the Chief Guest, awards of recognition were announced for students. Grade 10 Inventurers then lit their candles as part of their Moving Up Ceremony, followed by the students of Grade 12, who also pledged an oath with Nooraine Fazal (Co-founder, CEO and Managing Trustee) and lit candles with teachers.
The ceremony ended with reminiscence and a nostalgic note; with an emotional video playing back memories of the graduating batch from their years growing up; one that caused collective teary eyes and laughter.
By Mitali Singh