Matthew Rhodes was the sole graduate of the American School of Luxembourg (now International School of Luxembourg) in 1980 and, at the time, he delivered the commencement address to a school with a total population of around 60 students.
He returned this week after 34 years away to visit the school that has now changed its name to ISL and grown to accommodate 78 in its 2014 graduating class and 1200 students in the school at large.
“I was hit with a wave when I entered the new ISL building. The buildings are different, the teachers and students are different, but the spirit of the school is the same. Bright students… great teachers… I could tell that ISL is in good hands.”
Mr. Rhodes was invited to Luxembourg by the ISL Development Office. He was tracked down by Development Manager Margot Parra after some considerable investigation. His visit comes just as ISL closes down its 50th Year Anniversary Celebrations with the Graduation Exercises for the Class of 2014, and a time capsule ceremony on June 20 in the new Lower School.
Mr. Rhodes had the opportunity to address the graduating class at their ceremony in the Grand Theatre on June 14. He has also spent considerable time this week visiting classes, participating in ISL Sports Days, viewing Chronicles – the Middle School musical which follows the history of ISL, and meeting with faculty, staff and Board members.