48 Educational Rock Stars Graduate during St Aloysius Institute of Education ‘Graduation Day’
- “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” -Steve Jobs-Founder of Apple Inc.
Mangaluru : “Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you’ll make a difference” had said Arie Pencovici. A graduation ceremony is a pageant celebrating the transition from student to graduate and marking the beginning of an exciting new chapter in their life. 48 graduates of St Aloysius Institute of Education-Mangaluru, all dressed to thrill in their graduation gowns, and who were about to receive their certificates were all beaming with smiles and pride as they were ready to enter the hall for the big celebrations, amidst their teachers, parents and a few college-mates, due to pandemic restrictions.
And now as these graduates emerge from the campus and look forward to serving the community, they will be of great asset to the students who are anticipating their dedicated and professional services. As it is said, “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. An attitude of absoluteness is the basis for everything”. In order to become a potential star, the cloud needs to collapse and increase density. But from all those pressures, their dazzling brilliance never fails to stand out and shine across unimaginable distances for myriads of years.
These 48 graduates resemble that of a Star-who have now graduated with pride and dignity, but, full of gratefulness. However, this journey brought about many challenges, like decisions to be made and feelings to be nurtured. And today, these graduates celebrate their achievement, who have committed to and succeeded in completing one of the most challenging modes of studying-TEACHING! . They have all brought immense joy to their Alma mater, and most of all, to their teachers and especially, their parents. Congratulations, Graduates!
The Graduation Ceremony began with invoking God’s blessings through a prayer song led by Sr Flavia and group, followed by a welcome dance, by Sharanaya and Dhrishya, both IInd B Ed students. The welcome address was delivered by Dr Farita Veigas- Principal, where at the end of her speech she said, “Teaching is an art which involves the human mind and spirit! I wish all the graduating students a wonderful career as teachers with a vision to be men and women for and with others”- which was followed by the Graduation Day ceremony. St. Aloysius Institutions Rector Fr Melwin Pinto Sj administered the oath, along with Dr Farita Veigas, and all the graduates were handed over their graduation certificates. A few toppers were also honored on the occasion. Arwin Pais Sj- the President and Ms Vanshika Mathais -Vice President of Students Council respectively gave the Valedictorian address.
In his address to the audience Fr Praveen Martsi Sj-the Director of St Aloysius Institute of Education said, “Now you are all transformed from a student’s life to a teacher’s life. You all had a holistic growth, and you are transformed now. Have a dream and desire to be a dedicated and committed educator, and make a difference in the lives of your students. Love your profession as a teacher, and you need to dispel darkness and bring light into the world. Develop love towards your subject and students. Create a bond between you and yours students and make a difference. And remember that St Aloysius Institute of education is committed to the core values of Education and continues to form dedicated teachers who accompany our future generation of young minds”.
“The very meaning of education is to bring out the best from within. The vision of the Institute is to form men and women for and with others. Brad Henry says that a good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination and instill a love of learning. We would like our students to be future teachers who inspire hope and create a spirit of learning in their pupils. We are facing the unprecedented pandemic from the last eight months and we continue to hope that we will be able to come out of it successfully and see our students face to face in the classes at the earliest.”added Fr Martis Sj.
Following the release of Newsletter “Aloysian Chronicle’, the chief guest Prof P L Dharma, the Registrar (Evaluation) Mangalore University, was introduced to the audience by Mrs Sarikha Rodrigues-faculty and convener of the graduation ceremony. Chief guest Prof Dharma addressing the graduates said, ” Graduation Day is a jubilant moment. It is an occasion to cherish valuable and joyous moments of academic life. Moreover Graduation Day invites shoulder responsibilities for a new reality. It is also a pride moment for the institution to relieve its students to take responsibilities independently in society. Compassion is important not only when dealing with the students but also colleagues and parents. Teaching can be very stressful, but teachers must have a deep passion to keep them going every day in learning. Teachers need a deep understanding of where their students are coming from, that is, their backgrounds, their struggles, and their abilities”. .
In his presidential address, Rector Fr Melwin Pinto Sj said, “I am happy to see you all step into a great profession as teachers, to serve the nation and world. Teacher education is a privilege, and it’s a profession for only those who deserve it. You need to develop dedication and commitment in your teaching job. Find strategies for a better teaching career. Go out in the world and be the best teachers you can be, and also be a role model to others and also your students. Wherever you go, be a spark, make yourself an example for others, mainly your students. Make sure your spark enlightens others. Be the bright spark and light the world with your service and dedication. A good education is the greatest gift you can give yourself or to society. As Education facilitates knowledge, learning, skills and values to society it should not be neglected. The maximum potential to transform lives lies in the hands of an efficient teacher and that’s the reason why the teacher’s profession is considered the best profession above all” .
Fr Rector congratulated the graduates and said that they were provided a very congenial atmosphere by the college for them to bloom to their fullest potential. His advice to the graduates was to do their best for the nation by utilizing their capacities to the maximum and encourage more and more women to pursue higher education in the field of teaching. Sr Flavia UFS and Sr Lumet RJM (Second Semester students) and their team rendered a wishing song for the graduates. Ms Laveena Kunder (Students’ Council President) delivered the vote of thanks, while the programme was meticulously compered by Ms Sushmita Rachel Pinto, a B Ed student. Mrs Delna Lobo-Vice Principal and Mrs Sandhya – one of the Conveners were also seated on the dais. The ceremony ended with the singing of the College Anthem.
I end this report with a song ” My Wish For You” by American Country Singer ‘Rascal Flatts”, as a tribute to the 48 Graduates! Listen to the “My Wish For You” on YouTube: