Graduation Ceremony of Al-Iman School


Pictures above: Glimpses of the graduation ceremony

Sunday June 24 Al-Iman School was awash with colorful gowns and dresses of beaming high school students who after four years of hard work finally received their diploma.
As has been the tradition for the past nine years, the graduates were led into the Imam Al-Khoei Foundation’s Congregation Hall in a procession led by their veteran home-room teacher Sr Marziya as Br Sayyed the Master of Ceremonies signaled their arrival. Seyyid Muhammad Suhaib Rizvi recited verses from The Qur’an to invoke barakah (divine blessings) upon the proceedings.
The Principal, Br Reza Naqvi presented the commencement address in which he advised students and parents to be wary of the internal and external enemies that led to moral and religious corruption, echoing Br Sayyed’s introduction that Al-Iman School provided a clean environment conducive to the study of both secular and religious subjects. At this juncture, the Principal concluded his address with the announcements of the recipients of the prestigious Triple C Awards.
The Valedictorian, Anum Iqbal paid tribute to Sheikh Fadhel Al-Sahlani’s wisdom and guidance, the Principal’s encouragement and the teachers’ dedication and love. Jasmine Hamada took the “Al-Iman audience” down memory lane of the thirteen years she spent at the School, one of the students who went through the whole gamut of education from K to 12 in Al-Iman School. The Salutatorian Sarah Hadi revealed her first-day jitters and how she found friends and guiding lights in her teachers and fellow-students.
Then diplomas were presented to the graduates by Br Muhsin on behalf of Sheikh Sahlani as the Principal called out the names amidst Salawaat.
Sheikh Fadhel Al-Sahlani, the Imam and Director of The Imam Al-Khoei Foundation, New York paid tributes to the hard-work of students and felicitated them on their success and thanked the School administration and staff for their devoted services to provide education to the youths of the community.
The Sheikh’s address was followed by the award of Gold, Silver and Bronze Honor Rolls presented by Dr Mehdi Abdullah on behalf of Sheikh Sahlani, Mawlana Anwer Ali and Sheikh Qassim Muhammad respectively. Mawlana Anwer Ali delivered the closing Du’a, which was followed by grade-wise presentation of awards for Best Islamic behavior, perfect attendance and Qur’an Competition winners.
Dr. Mehdi Abdullah handed to the Principal the awards to be given to the best Science student and his/her teacher.
Cameras clicked as trophies- and award-clutching students marched back to the school amidst popping balloons and joyful hugs and congratulatory embraces.
The graduating seniors who attained the first three positions were (in order of their rank): Anum Iqbal (1st), Sara Hadi (2nd), Amena Ummer (3rd). Other seniors participating in the ceremony were Aisha Ummer, Jasmine Hamada, Saleha Lodhi, Fatima Khan, Shazia Ali and Sara Yusuf.


Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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