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5 July 2016 | Tyrifjord, Norway [Tor Tjeransen]  The Norwegian Adventist Junior College, Tyrifjord videregående skole, received a massive thumbs-up from local community students during their 19 June graduation ceremony. A total of 55 students received their diplomas marking the end of thirteen years of schooling with many of them coming from the local community where the school is situated.

The graduating class of 2016 at the Norwegian Junior College. Liv Redzepi is to the left in the first row. Photo: Diego Aravena/ADAMS.Liv Redzepi is one such student. She is very happy with her choice to study at Tyrifjord. "I have really enjoyed the atmosphere here at Tyrifjord," she said, praising the teachers for their interest in the individual students. She particularly praised the mathematics teacher for the way he helped her improve her grades in that subject.

Principal of the Junior College, Dr Styrkar Dramstad, says he has always put a lot of emphasis on making sure the students from the local community feel welcome, and that both dormitory and day students feel equally at home there.

Norwegian Junior College at Lake Tyrifjorden, Norway; Photo: Tor Tjeransen/ADAMS.The Norwegian Junior College is a boarding school with about 250 students, fifty percent of whom live in the dormitories. The Principal makes provisions for day students to stay overnight with their friends in the dormitories a few times each year. His philosophy is that for the dormitory students this is their home, and like in other homes, friends of the family are always welcome.

The students graduating from the Norwegian Junior College are now ready to begin studies at university level. As adults they will be facing some difficult choices.

Trygve W. Jordheim, Editor of "Vårt Land" speaking to the graduating classes. Commencement, Norwegian Junior College, Tyrifjord videregående skole, Norway on Sunday June 19, 2016. Photo: Tor Tjeransen/ADAMS."The choices you are about to make, may be scary to you because so much is at stake. But as an adult, you have to make these choices yourself," said Mr Trygve W Jordheim, an Editor of Vårt Land, a Christian daily newspaper, in his speech to the graduating class.

Graduation is always an occasion filled with joy. At this college, it is also a colourful display of national costumes. Liv, along with a large number of the girls in the graduating class wore traditional dresses for the graduation ceremony. These colourful national dresses are reminders of the many regions the students come from.

The College was established in 1958 and is owned and operated by the Norwegian Union of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. [tedNEWS]

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tedNEWS Staff: Victor Hulbert, director; Esti Pujic, editor

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