Graduation Speech 2016
It gives me great pleasure to welcome all our guests here today - from parents,
families and host families to members of the RCN Board, from our partners in Fjaler
to representatives from the Norwegian Red Cross and SOS Children’s Villages
I would also like to take this opportunity to give a special welcome to our guest of
honour, Marianne Andresen. Marianne has been one of the College’s staunchest
supporters since the very beginning – from contributing to the architecture of the
College and its future to acting as an Oslo ‘host mother’ to some of our winter
programme students graduating this afternoon. Generation after generation of RCN
students have benefited from your thoughtful contributions and gentle suggestions to
the development of the College.
In this afternoon’s address, I draw upon the wisdom of Nelson Mandela, our former
UWC Honorary President: ‘What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived.
It is what difference we have made to