Graduation is Not the End, it’s the Beginning! Graduation Day at St Joseph’s School-Bengaluru
Bengaluru: St. Joseph’s School, Bengaluru commemorated its Graduation ceremony 2023 – 24 on 4 February with the theme being, ‘Row into the Deep’.The ceremony began with a solemn entrance led by the dignitaries followed by the proud valedictorians of class X and XII who marched forth with hopes and a plethora of opportunities the world has to offer.
The school anthem was sung, followed by a blessed prayer ceremony and a prayer dance to invoke God’s blessings. This was followed by the dignitaries lighting the lamp. The Principal Rev Fr Rohan D’Almeida welcomed the gathering and also addressed the Valedictorians with a lovely message. Thereafter, the time came for the student leader Rushil Haridoss to lay down office and transfer it to the school captain designated for the next academic year, Keenan Rasquinha.
Ms Nirmala Kannan Surgeon Rear Admiral, Vishisht Seva Medal Awardee was the chief guest of the day, she inspired the students to fearlessly venture into the ocean of opportunities with a determined approach of being consistently good and managing time which are the keys to success. The rector Rev Fr Joseph D’Souza presided over the function.
Rushil and Mohamed Raza of class XII and X, respectively, gave moving speeches recalling their experiences and memories made at St Joseph’s. The graduating class X and XII students sang a special rendition of “Follow the Stars” in their melodic voices that filled the night air. All of the young valedictorians received mementoes, and the outstanding graduating students received awards of excellence.
An evening of great significance concluded with the customary and solemn rite of passing the light with the song, ‘Carry Your Candle’. The hats swirled upward, driven by bold, audacious goals and bright, new hopes.
COMMENTS BY PARENTS & STUDENTS:
Over the past years, I have had a positive experience with St Joseph’s School as it is a rapidly evolving and rising institution. Seeing my child develop into the person he is and seeing him grow makes me very pleased. We are in awe; of the way the students are raised through various other activities along with academics.”: Jimmy, parent of a class 10 student.
“Father Rohan, you have my sincere gratitude and congratulations for organizing such a fantastic celebration for all the valedictorians. The entire team deserves applause for their flawless execution and enthusiastic participation.”- Antony Dass, a parent of class 12.
“It has truly been an honour to be a part of the Josephite family and to have so many amazing friends. I have enjoyed my time at St. Joseph’s and cherished every moment. I thank all the wonderful teachers for their wisdom and knowledge that they imparted to me.” – Arihant Joshi, a student of class 10.
“It taught me that no matter how successful or accomplished we are in our endeavours, all the arguments that we have. It is the people we share those experiences with and the memories we create together that truly matter; it is through the connections that we build moments of laughter and joy.”- Rushil, a student of 12
“Recollecting the glorious years and moments shared, which once echoed these bounds, funnily enough, it is those moments that now can bring tears to my eyes. They were born here and they shall live on within me, how strange it is that even the smallest of things paint my memories gold. All I know is that I’m glad to be here, with the people who have made it happen.”- Sushmit, a student of class 12