Graduation Ceremony of Class 2014

Last Updated: Sunday, 29 June 2014 Published: Friday, 27 June 2014 Written by Daria Mitchell Sorhaindo

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 Valedictorian's Address - Kadisha Culpepper

“I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.” renowned English poet, William Henley from his poem Invictus.

A pleasant good evening to all. It is with great honour and pride yet humility that I stand here today.

Our theme for today’s ceremony is, ‘With pens in our hands the rest is yet to be written.’ How is it possible that we are staring at blank pages when we say that we are the masters of our fate and captains of our souls? We may believe that we have control of our lives but at the same time we are uncertain of what lies ahead. Today, one thing is certain - one chapter in our book has been completed, having reached the end of our high school years.

One of the moments which we bookmarked in this chapter was the loss of one of our characters in Form 3; our sister, our friend, our dear Cahdene Edmund. Let us keep her memory alive as we move on. pause
The compilation of the CHS chapter in our books would have not been possible without the help of certain editors and designers. First and foremost, we thank the Almighty Father for his guidance. He has designed the chapters of our books even though we were unaware of it as he predestined what was to be penned.

All praise be to Him. We would like to express our gratitude to the Roman Catholic Church which contributed to our spiritual development. To His Lordship Bishop Gabriel Malzaire, we say thank you. Thank you  Monsignor John Lewis, our chaplain for playing the role of spiritual guide and for blessing us with uplifting songs.  

To Mrs. Dublin, our Aunty Josie, mother, teacher we would like to express our gratitude. You were patient with us and treated us as if we were your own, we are very appreciative of this. Your words of wisdom will always remain with us as we step out into the world.

Our special thanks to the teachers of the Convent High School, our main editors. Even though we sometimes were not the best, you were patient with us. You took extra time to explain certain things to us so that we could fully understand a topic. You comforted us at times when we were giving up. And you had faith in us at times when we didn’t believe in ourselves. Words cannot express how grateful we are.

We thank our parents and guardians, the initiators of our books, who supported us during our years at Convent High School. You were our first teachers and have instilled core values and morals into our lives. Today we can only repay you by making you proud as we have reached one of our greatest accomplishments thus far.

To our benefactors, thank you for supporting our school over the years. Your generosity has made our ceremony here today possible. We also want to thank the Ministry of Education for the scholarships and bursaries that assisted us financially during our school years.

We wish also to acknowledge the presence of the media, thank you for giving expert coverage to our graduation  ceremony.  Graduates, today we have closed one chapter of our lives. We are finally through with high school. At this point, we are just staring at blank pages uncertain about where our future lies. Some of us may have mixed emotions as we step out into a completely different environment. We are scared because we do not know how we would be able to cope. At the same time, we are excited about the new adventures that lie ahead to be written down in our books. To us it may seem that our destiny is already written out, as our future is already planned out in our minds. However, at the same time, we really have no idea what our destiny is, as we have no full control of our future. Friends, this is the reason that we need faith and hope to go through this dilemma. We need faith, even though it may be as small as a mustard seed to believe in the things that we cannot see. We should trust God’s plan for us as He already has the perfect book of our lives written. All we are left to do is, discover it.  We need hope and reassurance that even though we do not know what the future holds, we will think of it positively. We should be optimistic people.

Fellow graduates, we need the right attitudes to become successful and publish great stories worth reading. The power lies within us to strive for the best. Poet Maya Angelou once said, ‘Nothing will work unless you do.’ We all want to publish great stories but we can only do that with hard work. Yes, it is true that we do not know what the future holds but we all are optimistic that we will be successful. In order to be successful we need to be hard working and determined young women as our motto says, Labor Omnia Vincit – Hard work conquers all. We can attest to this as we sit here proud today to be graduates of the Convent High School. Five years ago, we were unsure about our future here. We did not know how the CHS chapter of our lives would have been completed. However, we were optimistic and even in our uncertainty we worked diligently. Today, we reap the fruits of our labour. Likewise, we should continue to work hard as we move out into the world. We may not know what lies ahead, but what lies within is much greater. What lies within us is strength, optimism, determination, perseverance, hope, and faith. Let us remember this as we the Class of 2014 step out with our pens, ready to continue recording our new discoveries.

Thank you and God bless you.

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