The Mary Mother of Good Counsel School, Airport West, last Friday held its ninth graduation ceremony on the theme, “Going out to impact our generation with God, in friendliness, happiness, confidence, patience and generosity.”
In all, 64 students who just completed their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) graduated with some being honoured for their academic excellence and distinguished participation in other curricular activities.
Ms Carol Annang, Managing Director of the New Times Corporation (NTC), who was the guest speaker for the occasion, tasked the graduands to step up into the next phase of their lives with the knowledge they have acquired.
She said with sacrifice, commitment and steadfastness, they would be able to overcome challenges that might confront them.
“Face them and defeat them using your head, your hands and your heart knowing that sometimes you will fall but don’t stop no matter what,” she said.
Ms. Annang, cautioned that life’s challenges sometimes come with many disappointments from loved ones and close associates, “but don’t stop no matter what. Pick yourself up and carry on. These principles will help you have great successes.”
She asked the graduands to do all that they could to reach their potential and make an impact on society.
Ms. Annang commended the teaching and supporting staff of the school for helping to shape the academic intellect, moral upbringing and physical development of the students during their years of studies in the school.
“You worked hard to get to this point, but you did not do it by yourselves. You owe a huge debt of gratitude to your class teachers for unselfishly sharing their time, talent and knowledge with you,” she said.
She equally expressed gratitude to parents and guardians who turned up in their numbers to support their wards for their numerous roles in ensuring that the graduands had a fulfilling life on the journey to attaining academic success.
Ms. Annang urged the graduands to stand up to be counted among their equals as they embark on a journey of different levels of academic challenges having cleared the first hurdle.
Reverend Sister Lucy Sasu, the headmistress of the school, said the school made sure that the students who took part in the just ended BECE were well groomed to ensure that they come out with flying colours.
The out-going school prefect, Master Liam Mensah Selasi, in expressing his appreciation on behalf of the graduands, said “we have reached the end of a long road, we have overcome numerous challenges, we have grown up and matured, coming to the start of a new journey full of exciting opportunities.”
He told his fellow graduands that, the only way to enjoy what lies ahead of them was to remain open to change and stay alert to the opportunities that lie in every experience that would be encountered.
By Lawrence Markwei