CHS 2012 Graduation

Last Updated: Friday, 05 October 2012 Published: Thursday, 05 July 2012 Written by Alex-Maree Roberts

With grateful hearts and blessed spirits, we journey on… On Wednesday 27th June 2012, the Convent High School bid farewell to 79 of its students. These students were the graduating class, who met the matriculation requirements. The ceremony which was well-attended by parents and well-wishers was held in the scenic Botanical Gardens. Ms. A. Jno Baptiste and Ms. E. Emmanuel alternated in the role of Master of Ceremonies.

 

The proceedings commenced with the national anthem, played by the school band. Thereafter the graduating class processed to their seats in the the Gardens from the Convent High School. After the Academic Procession, Monsignor Doctor Reginald LaFleur, the Vicar General graced the gathered audience with an opening prayer, thanking the Lord for all his works and the successful school year. Following this, Kaidie Williams, the Headgirl for the Academic Year 2011-2012, delivered with her usual profound eloquence the Welcome Address.

 

 

Mrs. Josephine Dublin gave the Principal’s Report of the school year. Mrs. Dublin expressed satisfaction with the year’s accomplishments and gave the graduating class inspiration and meaningful advice for the future. Her encouraging speech was concluded with the famous expression that is a wish for success and good fortune upon setting out to accomplish a task, ‘Godspeed’.

 

The pensive yet joyous mood was skillfully maintained by Mrs. Celia Nicholas who artfully delivered the Feature Address. She also gave pertinent advice to the graduates reminding them that they should strive for their best and urged them to achieve greatness. She impressed upon the significance of continuing the legacy of Convent High School graduates and the prestige that such a legacy brings as well as the weight of expectation.

 

These riveting speeches were followed by the highlight of the event, the Presentation of Diplomas by Monsignor Doctor Reginald LaFleur. The beaming graduates received their diplomas, heads held high, one by one, to thunderous applause by those present. Academic Awards were presented by Mrs. Verna Liverpool to the students who attained the highest performance results for various subject prizes. These students were Leah Dodds, Jelanie Letang, Kaidie Williams, Jamila Pascal, Ayanna St. Rose, Nicaise Robinson, Danila Paul, Chelsea Dailey, Kayl Jean Jacques, Kitwanie Carbon, Zarisia Alcendor, Gail Parillon, Ailain Edwards, Shania John Kervelle Guiste, Mariesan Isles, Maya Bannis, Obe Joseph, Durina Dalrymple, Ira Peirre and Daisy Douglas-Murdock. Multiple other academic awards were presented, followed by other non-academic awards. Notable mention for the awards donated by sponsors must be given to the Lolita Raffoul Award for Determination and Perseverance which was presented to Keshia Dubique. Next, Mrs. Dublin herself presented 11 past students with awards for excellent performance in the CSEC Examinations of 2011.

 

After these presentations, Honorable Justina Charles representing the Honorable Petter Saint Jean, Minister of Education, addressed the graduating class with compelling words. Following this was another address by Monsignor Doctor Reginald LaFleur, whose words were a true blessing to those gathered.

 

Convent High School showcased their aptitude for producing beauty in sound with a musical interlude which followed these addresses. A rendition of the ‘Our Father’ in Swahili was sung by the School Choir, a delivery of ‘Wavin’ Flag’ was performed by the School Band, a choral speech by the graduating members of the Choral Speech Group and a moving song ‘Just Be’ by Darrel Bobb sung by the Graduating Class.

 

The final address was delivered by Leah Dodds, this year’s Valedictorian. Her speech was decorated with quotes from the bible and other well-known philosophic individuals like Arthur Ashe and Susan Lieberman. The one that left possibly the greatest impression was a favorite of her father,

“The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight. But they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

Leah drew a comparison between the CHS experience and sailing on a grand journey. Leah looked back upon the figures that contributed to the end product of CHS years giving thanks above all to the Almighty Father. It was very well-received and left the crowd seriously pondering the future and how much brighter the graduating class will make it. The graduating class was obviously moved by their peer’s words. They truly looked like a family setting out toward a mission, each with a different assignment.

 

Finally, the school song was sung proudly by those gathered and the Academic Recession ended it. The graduates returned to the school via the same route they entered, and were quickly surrounded by a flurry of loved ones taking pictures.

 

From the CHS family to you all, we wish all God’s blessings to the graduates and in the words of our fearless leader Mrs. Dublin:

 

Godspeed!

 

View a few photos of the graduation day here.

Download a copy of the graduation booklet.  This copy has been formatted to print on letter size paper.

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