On June 23 at school No 259 of St. Petersburg, named after M. Loris-Melikov with the Armenian ethno-cultural component, a gala presentation of school-leaving certificates to graduates of the eleventh form took place.
The celebration began with the blessing and congratulations of the vicar of the head of the Russian and Novo-Nakhichevan diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church for St. Petersburg and the North-Western region, hieromonk Poghos Vardanyan. Wishing the graduates to strive to be bearers of spiritual and moral values, Father Poghos read out a congratulatory address from the head of the diocese, Archbishop Yezras Nersisyan.
On behalf of the Charitable Foundation ‘Our Duty’ with congratulations and good wishes, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Aram Adverovich Danielyan spoke:
‘Our dear graduates! Today is a wonderful and unique day. Joy, awe, excitement, and bright sadness were intertwined in it. This is the day when you say ‘goodbye’ to school and your childhood forever. You have a long and winding road, difficult exams and tests behind you. You have passed all the tests. The most difficult and interesting is ahead. Today, looking at you, we are proud and believe that the same wonderful and happy future as you are is ahead of you. Today you are graduates, and the huge world of opportunities is opening up for you. We wish you to make the right choice – the right one not for someone else, but for yourself. Be brave, confident, persistent and resolute, firmly believe in your dream. Be the pride of the family, school, city! We wish to remember this holiday as a bright, touching and wonderful day of youth and anticipation of happy changes. We wish you to keep your school friendship for a long time and be ready to help each other at any moment. Congratulations, our dear graduates! Good luck!’
The founders: Vanik Danielyan, Avet Adamyan and Armen Safaryan donated a multifunctional laser device to the school from the Foundation.
The graduates were also congratulated by the Chairman of the St. Petersburg Regional Armenian National-Cultural Autonomy, a member of the Board of Trustees of the school – Karen Mkrtchyan, the Director of the school – Astghik Kocharyan and the teachers.
Secondary school No. 259 with an Armenian ethno-cultural component is a unique phenomenon. The school has formulated a unified system of spiritual and cultural values, regardless of the nationality and religious affiliation of students. Children of different nationalities study the Armenian language and culture in additional education classes.
Secondary school No. 259 in 2006 was provided by the government of St. Petersburg under the patronage of the Armenian Apostolic Church of St. Petersburg at the request of the head of the Russian and New Nakhichevan diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Archbishop Ezras Nersisyan. In 2017, the school was named after the hero of two Russian-Turkish wars, Governor General and Honorary Citizen of the city of St. Petersburg, Minister of the Interior of the Russian Empire under Alexander II, Supreme Administrator of the Empire and Academician of the Imperial Academy – Mikhail Tarielovich Loris-Melikov.