1 June 2010
Press Release
Note No. 6262

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Note to Correspondents

United Nations International School to Hold Graduation Ceremony on 2 June,


With Former UNICEF Chief Carol Bellamy Delivering Commencement Address


The graduation ceremony for the Class of 2010 of the United Nations International School (UNIS) will take place at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, 2 June, in the United Nations General Assembly Hall, with Carol Bellamy, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Education for All/Fast Track Initiative global partnership and former Executive Director of UNICEF, addressing the graduating seniors.  Ms. Bellamy has also served as Director of the Unites States Peace Corps and President of the New York City Council.

On the verge of leaving UNIS for more than 85 of the world’s finest universities in eight countries and 20 of the United States, the students are equipped with the prestigious International Baccalaureate, the best secondary-level preparation the world has to offer.  Representing 55 nationalities and speaking a total of 36 mother tongues, more than half of the 126 graduates are affiliated with the United Nations community.

UNIS students have had the privilege of daily exposure to a wide range of world cultures through social interaction with peers and instruction from a faculty that represents 28 countries.  The school offers a balanced and rigorous educational programme, with classes in nine languages and emphasis on community service and the importance of the arts in daily living.  As a result, UNIS students develop values and understanding that prepare them to become true citizens of the world.

About the United Nations International School

Founded in 1947, the United Nations International School (UNIS) is a private, K-12 college preparatory school that emphasizes academic excellence within a caring community.  UNIS promotes appreciation of the diversity of persons and cultures, provides an optimal environment for learning and teaching, and offers a global curriculum that inspires in its students the spirit and ideals of the United Nations Charter.  More than 120 countries are represented in the student body of 1,570, which includes children from United Nations and other families seeking an international education.

UNIS is located in New York City, with campuses in Manhattan and Queens.  For more information, please visit www.unis.org, or contact Marjorie Nieuwenhuis, tel.:  +1 212 584 3116, e-mail:  mnieuwenhuis@unis.org.

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