islamabad (PR) - After completing 28 glorious years of success and achievements, high achievers of Roots Ivy International/ Roots School System, DHA-1 Flagship campus, got together to celebrate the outstanding success stories and achievements of the graduating class of 2016 yesterday at Jinnah Convention Centre Islamabad with great honour and pride together with all the students, proud parents, guests of honour, members of diplomatic community, social dignitaries of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, corporate society, heads of NGOs, educationists, media and members of Rotary International.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sent a congratulatory note to Khadija Mushtaq (TI), CEO of Roots Ivy International Schools Pakistan extending his heartiest congratulations to Roots Ivy International/ Roots School System, DHA-1 flagship campus, Islamabad for nurturing brilliance among the youth of Pakistan.

The chief guests for the ceremony included Federal Minister of State for Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman, Federal Minister for Commerce Engr Khuram Dastgir Khan, Minister of State for CA&DD Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhary, Additional Secretary CA&DD Malik Qaiser Majeed, Marriyum Aurangzaib, Special Assistant to Maryam Nawaz Sharif, Islamabad Mayor Ansar Sheikh Aziz, Federal Secretary of Ministry of Education Muhammad Humayun, Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan. CEO Roots School System Col (Retd) Ch Rasool Mushtaq, Founder Roots School System Riffat Mushtaq and Khadija Mushtaq welcomed all the guests including Jeffrey Sexton, Minister Counselor for Public Affairs of United States of America, Stefano Gatto, Deputy Head of Delegation of European Union, Adrieno Clonodi Cian Forani, Ambassador of Republic of Italy, Yusuf Elahee, High Commissioner of Mauritius, Eisa Abdullah Al Basha Al Noaimi, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates, Executive Director USEFP Rita Akhtar, Sameya, In-Charge Education Advising Department USEFP, Valerie Khan, chair at ASF & NACG, Wafic Mohammad Rehaime, Ambassador of the Republic Of Lebanon, Jesus Zenen Buergo, Concepcion Ambassador of Cuba, Andre de Bussy, Counselor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs of France, Omar Alhaiall, Deputy Head of Mission of Qatar, Riyadh bin Yousuf bin Ahmed Al-Raisi, Ambassador of Oman, Hazarat Omar Zakhilwal, Ambassador of Afghanistan, San Myint Oo, Ambassador of the Union Of Myanmar (Burma), Walid Abu Ali, Ambassador of the State Of Palestine, Joao Sabido Costa, Charge De Affairs Of Portugal, Parviz Mirievich Aliev, Ambassador of Uzbekistan, Hafiz Sher Ali, Secretary General Pakistan for National Commission for UNESCO, Sajda Nasreen, Asst Secretary General PNCU, Sajid Zafar Dall, DCO Rawalpindi, Nuzhat Sadiq, Rozina Alam, Waqar Shah, Country Head Edexcel Pakistan, Saad Wasim, Country Head University of London, Faisal Azeem, Head of Education North ACCA Pak, Sajeed Aslam, Country Head ACCA Pak, Junaid Ahmed, Head Marketing North ACCA Pak, M Moazam Shahbaz, Regional Director Pak ICM UK, and many representatives of Australia, UK, US, Syria, Brunei, Tajakistan, Russia, France along with members of media.

The ceremony was a validation of quality teaching, educational innovation, and a comprehensive philosophy of a progressive global vision. The proud parents were overjoyed to celebrate the outstanding success and achievements of the graduating students who had worked hard throughout the year to achieve this enormous success. This year students received multiple admission offers from top IVY league universities including Brown, Cornell, Princeton and highly selective universities like Williams, Babson, Duke and Richmond on 100% scholarships. Roots IVY students have received a collective scholarship amount of approximately Rs 3 billion for four years of undergraduate study which is simply remarkable.

Some of the heart wrenching narrations by the mothers and fathers of these outstanding students brought tears to many an eye. The mothers and fathers of these students were extremely happy, grateful and content to know that their children are studying in the best institute of the country. Speaking on the occasion, an A-Levels student Umar said, “Indeed, Roots Ivy has helped us to shine, catalysing within each one of us, in sync with our respective talents, the emergence and evolution of the leader, change maker, philanthropist, global citizen or visionary to name only a few of the expansive roles open to Roots alumni.

It is due to the great efforts and dedication of Khadija Mushtaq, the most accomplished student counsellor that has completely changed the lives of many deserving individuals and made a mark for Pakistan on the world map. Roots IVY has been providing 100% scholarships to worthy students to facilitate them financially so that they can pursue their educational dreams and attain highly esteemed academic records. Roots IVY has been providing quality education of international standards for the past 28 years by investing time and energy in passionate, young students to excel in the sphere of world academia.”

Other students who brought laurels by attaining outstanding results in their O &A Level final Cambridge and Edexcel Examinations, Foreign Language Exam, Common Wealth Essay competition, NYMUN, IKLC, IKMC, Robotics Championship, Sports Championships, IYLO, RIMUNs, debates, Olympiad, Performing Art competitions, Community Services (LGCF) were also awarded shields and certificates by the chief guests.

Khadija Mushtaq said, “I am extremely proud to share with you the phenomenal success of the Roots DHA-1/Ivy class of 2016. These young dreamers and proud high achievers have secured the most coveted admission offers from the top universities of the world including the highly esteemed Ivy Leagues such as Brown, Cornell, Princeton, and highly selective universities like Johns Hopkins, NYU, Williams, Babson, Duke and Richmond. To be accepted by such prestigious colleges, for which even the top high school students in USA prepare a lifetime to get into, is in itself a remarkable achievement. The class of 2016 have broken all previous records and secured an astounding amount of scholarships amounting to Rs 3 billion. No school or college in Pakistan is even close to what Roots DHA-1/IVY has accomplished in just one year. Only this year, 45 students have received admission in New York University on full scholarships which is a record breaking achievement in any educational institution in Pakistan. In addition to this, 90 percent of the graduating class of A-Levels that is more than 300 students have received admission offers from some of the best universities in United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Turkey, Australia and now Germany with which Roots DHA-1/IVY has signed an MOU through EURASIA Institute. There is no doubt that the bold and futuristic strategy opted by Roots DHA-1/IVY to groom the finest global leaders has proved its mettle as now the entire world can recognize and value our achievements.” Khadija Mushtaq dedicated the evening to all teachers, talented staff members, alumni and supportive parent community.

At the end, Federal Minister Engr. Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman congratulated the graduating class of 2016 and applauded the tireless efforts of Khadija Mushtaq and the entire staff. He said to the students, “You are the future leaders of the world; the future is truly in your hands so make the best of it.” He also gave out the gold medals and roles of honour to the distinction holders. The ceremony concluded with a grand finale of a brilliant, rhythmic calisthenics performance by the students that left everyone mesmerised.