Goodbye high school: A Vietnamese rite of passage


Tender and exciting moments at a school in Ho Chi Minh City when Class of 2017 bids adieu to childhood.

Goodbye high school: A Vietnamese rite of passage

The seniors of Trung Vuong High School in District 1 gathered for a ceremony to bid farewell to their high school years on Friday morning.

Goodbye high school: A Vietnamese rite of passage

At the beginning, the atmosphere was jubilant and students all seemed excited. More than 600 of them joined each other to sing teen anthems. In June, they will have to sit important exams that will determine which university they can get in.

Goodbye high school: A Vietnamese rite of passage

Two students laughed as they held the gifts they would later give their teachers.

Goodbye high school: A Vietnamese rite of passage

“We do makeup ourselves for the photos,” Thao Nguyen, a student, said.

Goodbye high school: A Vietnamese rite of passage

Thank-you cards for their teachers.

Goodbye high school: A Vietnamese rite of passage

A student pinned a flower on her teacher’s dress.

Goodbye high school: A Vietnamese rite of passage

“I want to write so many things in this scrapbook to tell my friends and teachers how much I would miss them,” Bao Kim said.

Goodbye high school: A Vietnamese rite of passage

Two friends hugged and cried.

Goodbye high school: A Vietnamese rite of passage

Quang Thai finally found the courage to tell his crush about his feelings. Both were shy and couldn’t look at each other.

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