On May 10, 2018, Dimond High School held a completion ceremony in celebration of its 18th graduating class of the Japanese Immersion Program. Graduating seniors performed skits and gave speeches on their experiences and friendships formed during their 13 years in the Japanese Immersion Program.
Masatoshi Sato, Head of the Consular Office of Japan in Anchorage, gave a congratulatory speech in Japanese to the graduating students. Other special guest speakers included Dr. Deena Bishop, Superintendent of the Anchorage School District; Ms. Tina Harris-Johnson, Principal of Dimond High School; and Mr. Brandon Locke, Director of World Languages with the Anchorage School District.
The class of 30 students received completion certificates and graduation cords for their hard work. The Consular Office of Japan provided gifts of a pack of Japanese roasted-rice green tea called Genmai-cha, a tin can for tea leaves made by craftsmen in Japan, and copies of Niponica magazine. We would like to congratulate the Japanese Immersion Program graduates and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.
A video of this year’s ceremony can be found here.