Are high school graduates ready for life

By Niklas Gramann, Petra Schneider, Cornelius Zange, Lea Ziemens, Claudia Köstler, Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen

For the graduates of this year's Abitur class, school ended on Friday: With contemplative words, memories of the school years, encouragement and music. At the end there was the big moment: the handing over of the testimony.


"Actually it would be nice to prove with the Abitur that you can deal with the newly won freedom. But some of us would have done a year more school in this regard," said Geretsrieder high school graduate Michael Goder who, together with Cédric Hübner, said one Speech held at the Geretsrieder graduation ceremony. He was alluding to what happened during the Abitur prank. The subject was reflected in many speeches. Headmaster Hermann Deger and Deputy District Administrator Klaus Koch also took up the topic. "I can't spare you that, I have to say something," Deger began. Many borders had been crossed and he was deeply affected. "I am not addressing the entire year, however," he said. That only affects individuals. But Deger also praised the potential of many high school graduates. Koch also began with the subject of the Abitur prank and the damage it caused: "I think you could iron out this dent in your otherwise blooming degree," he said. The supporting program was lovingly designed partly by the high school graduates themselves, partly by students from the lower grades. The average grade for the year was 2.4. It's about worse than last year. One girl achieved a grade of 1.0, 33 have a one before the decimal point. Five of the 119 high school graduates failed.

Bad Tölz

The awarding of the Abitur certificates is a solemn affair. It can even be quite glamorous, as was shown in the Tölzer high school. Because it was there that the Gabriel von Seidl Awards were presented for the first time. Self-confident and charming, the high school graduates Tom Zeising, Shalina Schroeter, Niklas Weber and Anian Mathà chose possibly previously undiscovered stars in the teaching staff. "The golden overhead projector" was awarded, for example, and the "golden rolled R", which came rolled on a sack truck: For teachers with a Franconian dialect, "which is practiced by some and loved by a few." Director Harald Vorleuter was pleased about the "Goldenen Vollpfosten", a challenge cup for a public building with the most daring color combination. 158 high school graduates were passed, including 37 with a one before the decimal point. This also includes three of 16 secondary school students who had switched to the Tölzer grammar school via an introductory class. During the relaxed celebration it was emphasized again and again that school should also be about developing one's personality. Vorleuter said: "I wish you the pleasure of marching on and discovering even more exciting climbing routes." Lifelong learning is the basis for personality development. This includes a positive learning term. District Administrator Josef Niedermaier, who himself graduated from Tölzer Gymnasium 32 years ago, summarized his "gut feeling" in a succinct way: "That was a damn great time here." The ability to shape one's own life is a great privilege, said Niedermaier, referring to many asylum seekers. Parents' Council Chairman Martin Steinbach dedicated his humorous speech to the parents: "You showed courage when you entrusted your future young entrepreneurs to the Bavarian education system."


The 130 graduates of the Penzberg grammar school received their certificates in the wave pool hall. A total of 133 students started, three of them have to repeat. The grade point average was 2.2. "It was a particularly touching year not only for the students, but also for the teachers," said the director Margit Mintzel because of the fatal accident of a teacher in December. In her speech, the outgoing headmistress asked the question: "Can school prepare for life at all?" and answered her like this: "I firmly believe: School can provide assistance." You can provide rooms for testing, in computer workgroups, for sports, music, trips and celebrations. School can offer role models. "Most importantly: It can encourage, arouse joy, curiosity and a lust for life. No more, but also no less." At the end she called out to the students: "Yes, you can!"


44 students from the Sankt Ursula-Gymnasium Hohenburg also received their diplomas on Friday. The average grade was 2.1, there are 17 female A-1 graduates, one young woman achieved an average of 1.0. The high school graduates Regina Jaud and Caroline Markert spoke for the students, they had packed their speech into a play. In his speech, Director Christoph Beck referred to the environmental encyclical of Pope Francis, who showed great confidence that all people could help save the earth. "I think this request goes specifically to you too," he told the high school graduates. "Every great discovery and every expedition always started with the first step," Beck said and added: "We are now giving you the school-leaving certificate, that is, even if it is difficult for us: We have to let go of you and trust you, many first From now on you can take steps without us. "


To be satisfied with what you are and what you have achieved, that is what director Hans Härtl told this year's high school graduate from the Rilke-Gymnasium in Icking. At the graduation ceremony he quoted a story by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard: A bird shows a lily that it is free, but that it is tied to a place. When he persuades her to come with him, she wilts. "So people are entitled to a certain modesty," said Härtl. But that's difficult on a day like this. Because 76 out of 78 high school graduates in Icking not only passed the general university entrance qualification, but also achieved an unusually good grade point average of 2.1. 33 of the 76 students have a one before the decimal point, two students achieved a grade of 1.0. The focus of Härtl's speech, which he held as the outgoing director, was that grades are only comparable to a limited extent. "In the years to come, we will continue to prepare our students so well that they receive grades with which they can compete," he said. He quoted Peter Brenner: "Education is also a good that cannot simply be distributed with a ladle, but is only accessible to those who acquire it through their own efforts." In addition to music from the big band and from the university councils, the sports association of the grammar school and the WSVI gave a celebrated gymnastics performance. Laura Pauli and David Krause spoke for the high school graduates: Even if they initially thought that the only cool thing about upper school was "no longer having to take part in national youth games", the year had grown close together: "We were and are a great community". They owe a lot to their teachers and parents, even if everything did not go well. So there was a lack of trust from the top floor for no reason. This has fueled the suspicion that the management is more concerned with the school's image than the students. Still: "We had a good time - thank you very much for that."

The private Günter-Stöhr-Gymnasium bid farewell to its 20 graduates with brilliant music from the big band. As a guest of a graduate, Regional Bishop Susanne Breit-Keßler took part in the celebration, which began with an ecumenical service in the Ickingen parish church. In his graduation speech, headmaster Georg Stalinski addressed the roots of Europe on the occasion of the Greek crisis, which should be remembered more intensely.


This year's final year achieved an exceptionally good average even for the Benedictine grammar school: 1.7. 63 percent of the 47 graduates had a one before the decimal point, said director Wolfgang Sagmeister, and 38 percent were even better than 1.5. Three young women and three young men have an average of 1.0. The graduation speech of the students was given by Georg Sibbel and Julius März. In his speech, Sagmeister quoted Pope Francis as saying: "The most important element in a school is learning to be generous." With these words he thinks of the enthusiasm of high school graduates in the theater, in the choir and orchestra, but also in the big band. As a farewell, he reminded the students that you would stay in Schäftlar your life and said: "Come back. We want to know what has become of you in the future too."


The awarding of the Abitur certificates at the Waldramer Sankt Matthias College and Seminar was characterized by warmth and mutual appreciation between graduates and teachers. Of the 51 students who took the exams, 50 passed. The best of the year, Veronica Schwarz and Florian Stensberger, achieved outstanding results, each with a score of 1.2. Of 37 high school students, eleven have an average of one in front of the decimal point; at the college this is three out of 14. Manfred Grimm passed the best high school diploma among college students with a score of 1.3. The students thanked all teachers and other staff at the school for the time they had there. At the beginning of the celebration, Manuela Englbrecht, Veronika Fritsch and Anna Seidel performed a dance. Headmaster Claus Pointner proposed a theory of what the year 2025 will look like. According to him, there will then be the G8 again, which would meet cheaply on a Greek island, FC Bayern Munich will win the Champions League for the ninth time and the current graduates of the school, who will then meet for the tenth anniversary of their high school graduation Be respected members of society: "Your journey to that future begins today," said Pointner. The high school speakers Alexandra Probst and Rik Nagel portrayed the school as a castle and the teachers as experienced warriors in the form of a fairy tale in the fight against the beast "Bitur", which is so terrible that it is only called "Aah Bitur".