The Class of 2007

10 Dec

Remember my two blogs about graduation last December? (1. Run-Up To Graduation. 2. The Class of 2006.)

Well, a few weeks ago, I awoke with a start, realizing that graduation was once again just around the corner. And this time, I was 10,000 miles away. Despite all the hard work I put into the ceremony last year (printing the diplomas and getting the gowns made), I was certain that without some reminding, the school would likely completely forget about this occasion like they did before I came to Sri Lanka.

So I quickly sent off an e-mail to David, asking him to remind Mr. Abeygunawardana about graduation. The gowns were inside a large pink plastic bag locked up in one of the gray cabinets in the principal’s office, a monk should probably be called to attend, I could print out diplomas, laminate them, and mail them to the school, and the parents should be notified well in advance so they can make the trip to Matara.

Lo and behold, a week later, David responds with incredible news. Mr. Abeygunawardana and the school have already set everything up–the diplomas are ready; the parents have been notified; the gowns have been found. No foreigner’s finger was lifted in the making of this production.

Wow. Some things do continue after the foreigner has left. Sustainability does happen. I’m so happy. And without further ado, here are a couple photos from the December 7 ceremony:


Sandya, Chamali, Pasan, Jeewaka Gayan, Sanjeewa.


Sandya, Sanjeewa, Pasan, Mr. Abeygunawardana (Principal), Jeewaka Gayan, Chamali.

These photos thrill me to no end because it’s the very first time I’ve seen anyone from the school since I left nearly six months ago. It’s so good to see their faces again. I’m a bit puzzled because Dilhani was supposed to graduate as well, but she’s not in the pictures. Hmm.

Best of luck to the Class of 2007 on their O/L exams this week!

4 Responses to “The Class of 2007”

  1. Fascinated 10. Dec, 2007 at 11:25 pm #

    The automobiles shown in the picture above fascinate me. Is it a three-wheel
    car? Never seen it before. I’d love to buy one….it’d save gas and space,
    right? Curious…what’s the cost of a car like that? Hope to see the one like those in the U.S.

  2. LS 11. Dec, 2007 at 5:10 am #

    To Fascinated. perhaps Ryan could answer your question regarding the odd bicycle or three wheeled car… Ryan is expert on bicycles. he has his own website. http://www.thebicyclejungle.com.

    adam- as always a fascinated blog. I enjoyed reading about your experience in Sri Lanka.

  3. Adam 11. Dec, 2007 at 6:24 am #

    Those are what Sri Lankans call “three-wheelers.” Mostly made by Bajaj, they’re simply the most common vehicle you’ll see in that country and the most convenient way of getting around locally. In Thailand, they’re called tuk-tuks, and elsewhere the auto rickshaw. I want one in USA desperately!

    Wikipedia on Auto Rickshaw
    Bajaj auto page

  4. Adamzmom 11. Dec, 2007 at 5:07 pm #

    The students look very proud of their accomplishment. I had no idea that Mr A was so young! It must be such a wonderful feeling for you to see that something you started has not been forgotten. Your positive impact is seen and felt wherever you go.