"Do not focus your lives just on a career and money"
Thursday 28 June will be a day the 201 pupils who graduated from the city's Cantonal School will remember for the rest of their lives. Many will have been looking forward to it for months but it is inevitably an occasion tinged with sadness, too.
Sadness in that many friends will now be going their separate ways, but happiness, and relief, too, in that one of life's major hurdles was over.
The guest speaker on the occasion, which was held in the Waldmannhalle in Baar, was Daniel Fueter, musician and lecturer at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). "The world is now your oyster," he told them. "But make sure you do not concentrate all your energy on a career and money. Make sure you have fun in whatever you do."
Stefan Schleiss, the cantonal director was also present and spoke about the big transition as pupils left school to enter the wider world. He said that in leaving school with the Matura (the Swiss school leaving qualification) in their hands, the pupils had one of the best diplomas in the world for this age range and wished them all perseverance in the tough challenges they would have to face in the future.
There followed an entertaining, if somewhat cheeky, presentation by Natalia Widla and Lussien Häller, though headmaster Rolf Peterhans reminded them afterwards that it was his privilege, as always, to have the last word.
The occasion concluded as it started with excellent performances by the Kanti Big Band, despite the heat endured by all.