697. High School Graduation in Curaçao

High school graduation in Curaçao is probably the most nerve-wracking-slash-exhilarating experience you can possibly imagine… I mean, you study ridiculously hard ALL SENIOR YEAR preparing for your Central Schriftelijk Eindexamen (standardized final exams) – administered by the Netherlands. Mind you, these exams cover ALL of your high school material… and passing them determines graduation. These exams are HARD, so typically only 70-80% of seniors graduate… which means that 20-30% of seniors re-do their senior year. Now, let me tell you, failing the year isn’t the worst part… You see, you actually hear the results IN PUBLIC — surrounded by friends and family, all anxiously awaiting your number, first – last name, over a loudspeaker…

Your little heart pretty much skips a beat every time the loudspeaker skips a name, realizing that you might be next… or not… Granted when you finally hear your name… well… there simply is no better feeling in the world.


Numero 28, Martina, geslaagd! (= you’ve graduated)

Numero 30, Nelson, geslaagd! (= you’ve graduated) 

or just:

Xiomara Regina!

Ramses Rodelfina!

Shadia Rojer!

About 1000awesomethingsaboutcuracao

I'm Carolina Gomes-Casseres, the creator of 1000 Awesome Things About Curaçao. I live in Manhattan but sometimes miss my first awesome island. Thanks for visiting!

One comment

  1. Cristina

    Ora bela paga…….a komovemi.prome Lu ma Dali

    Sent from my iPad

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