Lycée Français de Chicago - Graduation Ceremony
Chicago (IL), June 13th, 2016. Remarks by Consul General of France Vincent Floreani on the occasion the Graduation Ceremony of the Lycée Français de Chicago.
Chers membres du comité de direction,
Chers professeurs et personnels du lycée,
First of all, my congratulations to the students. This is your ceremony!
An important ceremony.
You are moving from high school education to University studies, where you will experience more and more autonomy. This is a passage to adulthood.
You are the first generation, the first class, to obtain a diploma in this wonderful new building.
This building has a tremendous importance for France, which contributed to secure the loan for the construction.
This is the concrete (no pun intended) sign of the willingness of the francophone community to build stronger links with Chicago.
We are proud that the Lycée can offer a high quality bilingual education to all communities of this great city.
This Lycée offers the best of both the French system and the American system of education. This beautiful graduation ceremony is a case in point. It does not exist in the French system but the Lycée is delighted to borrow it from the American tradition.
During your studies here, you have received an outstanding multilingual and multicultural education and have spent hours with other students with different cultures and different backgrounds. You now have the tools to understand our ever changing world, to be part of our globalized society, and to shape your own future.
Some of you will move to higher education in France. This is a very good choice. As you know, my country offers high quality education, free of charge most of the time, with a growing opening to the world and offering of English curricula. France is the world’s third country of destination for foreign students.
Some of you may want to become diplomats, as I did some years back. Your multicultural education and your mastery of languages will be strong assets. It’s a great career that allows you to discover many other countries and cultures.
You are leaving the Lycée not only with a strong education but also with values that we share with the US and several countries of the world.
Respect for others and for yourselves, as well as excellence are two core values. I could add the principles of liberty, equality, and fraternity that could guide you in the future. I’m sure you will uphold these values and principles!
Finally, I’d like to thank the faculty, who guided you in your intellectual and personal development during your studies at the Lycée. They are proud of your accomplishments. Teaching is a very demanding job, yet very rewarding.
Thanks also to the President, M. Eric Veteau, and the staff of the Lycée.
I would also like to thank all the board members for their impressive contribution to the development of the Lycée and in particular, Ms. Sharon Langshur, who was such an incredible President of the Board!
Congratulations on your graduation and I wish you all a happy summer vacation!