King’s Academy, August 28, 2007 – In the presence of His Majesty King Abdullah II, 106 students and the entire faculty of King’s Academy participated in the school’s first convocation ceremony, officially heralding the opening of the only private, co-educational not-for-profit boarding school in Jordan and the Middle East.
After Founding Headmaster Eric Widmer welcomed the classes of 2010 and 2011, His Majesty proclaimed the school open to the tunes of bagpipes and the applause of the audience, which included present and former members of the King’s Academy Board of Trustees.
The ceremony, which was held at one of the school’s many courtyards, included a poetry reading, remarks by faculty and the singing of an anthem written specifically for the occasion.
“On this incomparably beautiful campus,” Headmaster Widmer said, “our beginnings have been anything but humble, and yet we look humbly on those exciting challenges now before us, and all the opportunities that go with them.”
Following the convocation ceremony, Chairman of King’s Academy’s Board of Trustees Safwan Masri said: “This is a historic moment that is the culmination of many years of hard work dedicated to the realization of the great vision of His Majesty King Abdullah II to build a world-class institution that will serve Jordan and the region for generations to come.”
This first group of King’s Academy students consists of 66 boys and 40 girls, equally divided between 9th and 10th grades. Of these, 23 are full boarders, 52 are weekday boarders and 31 are day students. Reflecting the international outlook of the school, this year’s students hail from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United States, Egypt, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Palestine, the United Arab Emirates and Taiwan.