Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

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Saturday, the 21st of May, marked the last official day that the 111 members of NIST International School’s Class of 2016 were students at the school. With their IB exams complete and diplomas in hand, they were ready to take the first step in a new and exciting journey. However, the bittersweet graduation ceremony was not the final farewell. Just over a week later, they received a much grander sendoff after their last assembly, as the entire school turned out in an annual tradition to cheer and celebrate the accomplishments of this unique group of graduates.

Though they share a common bond through our community, the paths of the Class of 2016 will now be incredibly diverse. With acceptances continuing to appear daily, the departing seniors have already been offered places at more than 300 universities in over a dozen countries, from the United States and United Kingdom to the Netherlands and Germany. More impressively, the offers they have accepted include a large number of elite universities. Of the 94 students who have made a decision, a full 50% will be attending institutions ranked in the top 100, an incredible number considering over 17,000 universities exist worldwide!

Their fields of study will be equally broad, from biochemistry at Imperial College London to theology at the University of Cambridge, biomechanical engineering at Georgia Tech to international relations at New York University, computer systems at the University of Melbourne to human diversity at Leiden University, and biosciences and medicine at the University of Hong Kong to arts and language here at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. Among the others that the Class of 2016 will attend are Dartmouth College, the University of Wisconsin – Madison, University of Edinburgh, University College London, Kings College London, University of Toronto, McGill University and several other well-known institutions.

Yet what distinguishes this class is not merely the caliber of their academic accomplishments, but also the impact they have had on others in and outside of the NIST community. Many of the graduates helped create service groups in the school that transformed the village of Maeramit in Omgoi, launched a non-profit sustainable coffee company, and supported members of the community through microcredit loans and scholarships. Their passion for learning and working with others to create positive change has made a mark on the school – one that will continue to influence future students.

NIST’s mission is a simple one: to inspire growth, empower individual excellence and enrich lives. It’s difficult to look at the young faces of the Class of 2016 and not see the embodiment of those ideals. As they begin the next chapter of their lives, we hope the NIST spirit will be carried with them. Congratulations and best wishes for the future! Once a NISTie, always a NISTie.



Class of 2016 University Acceptances

American UniversityLoyola University Chicago
Arizona State UniversityMaastricht University
Assumption UniversityMahidol University
The University of ArizonaMarist College
Australian National UniversityUniversity of Maryland, College Park
Babson CollegeMarymount California University
University of BathUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst
Berklee College of MusicMcGill University
University of BirminghamMcMaster University
Birmingham City UniversityUniversity of Melbourne
Boston UniversityMichigan State University
Brescia University CollegeMiddle East Technical University
University of BrightonMiddle Tennessee State University
University of British ColumbiaMonash University Malaysia
Bryn Mawr CollegeMonash University
California College of the ArtsMount Holyoke College
California Institute of the ArtsUniversity of New South Wales
California State University, NorthridgeNew York University
Carl Benz School of EngineeringNortheastern University
University of California, BerkeleyUniversity of Northern Colorado
University of California, DavisUniversity of Oklahoma
University of California, IrvineUniversity of Ottawa
University of California, Los AngelesPennsylvania State University
University of California, RiversidePepperdine University
University of California, San DiegoPhiladelphia University
University of California, Santa BarbaraPlymouth University
University of California, Santa CruzPratt Institute
University of CambridgePurdue University
Carl Benz School of EngineeringQueen’s University
Carleton UniversityRhode Island School of Design
Chapman UniversityRingling College of Art and Design
College of CharlestonRMIT University
University of ChichesterRotterdam School of Management
Chulalongkorn UniversityUniversity of San Diego
University of CincinnatiUniversity of San Francisco
University of Colorado at BoulderSanta Clara University
University of Colorado at DenverSarah Lawrence College
Concordia UniversitySavannah College of Art and Design
Cornish College of the ArtsSchool of Oriental and African Studies
Dartmouth CollegeSchool of the Art Institute of Chicago
Deakin UniversityScripps College
Delft University of TechnologySimon Fraser University
University of DenverSingapore Management University
Drexel UniversityUniversity of South Carolina
DSK Supinfocom (Pune) IndiaUniversity of South Florida
University of East AngliaStenden University
Ecole Hotelire de LausanneStetson University
University of EdinburghUniversity of Sussex
Emily Carr University of Art and DesignSyracuse University
Emory UniversityThe University of Texas, Dallas
Erasmus University CollegeThammasat University
University of EssexUniversity of Toronto
University of ExeterTrent University
Florida State UniversityTufts University
Fordham UniversityUmea University
Georgia Institute of TechnologyUniversity College Roosevelt
University of GroningenUniversity of the Arts London
The Hague University of Applied SciencesUniversity College London
Hanze University of Applied SciencesUniversity of Wollongong
Haverford CollegeUtrecht University
Hogeschool Rotterdam – Rotterdam UniversityVassar College
University of Hong KongUniversity of Victoria
The Hong Kong University of Science & TechnologyUniversity of Warwick
Hotelschool The HagueWaseda University
IE UniversityUniversity of Washington
University of Illinois at ChicagoWashington and Lee University
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignWellesley College
Imperial College LondonWesleyan University
Indiana University at BloomingtonWestern University
University of KentuckyWilfrid Laurier University
King’s College LondonCollege of William and Mary
University of La VerneUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison
Leiden UniversityWorcester Polytechnic Institute
London School of Economics and Political ScienceYork University
Loyola Marymount University