By Emmanuel Edukugho
Graduands of the International School (ISL), University of Lagos, have been reminded during the 2009 Valedictory Service held recently, that quite a n umber of UNILAG first class scholars over the years are products of ISL.
Principal of the school, Dr. S.A. Oladipo, said that, â€œthis record of excellence by your predecessors did not come by miracles,â€ adding, â€œthey have come by dint of handwork and because of the early exposure to research work in ISL.â€
He claimed that their predecessors are today, in various positions of responsibility and dignifying services, not only in Nigerian blue chip companies, but also abroad.
â€œThey have formed an alumni association which has promised various projects for the improvement of teaching and learning in the school. We want you also to be part of this so that the famous name of the school will continue to flourish throughout the world.â€
Oladipo expressed delight at celebrating a new set of ISL graduands that symbolise the promising youth and promises of life.
He recalled that ISL was founded 28 years ago to convert green primary school finalists to mature secondary school products who are not only academically sound, but also complement their education with good character.
The principal told his graduating students: â€œYou have become ambassadors of a great school. Therefore, you must strive towards greatness and do not settle for mediocrity. We have inculcated in you, the quality of hardwork.
Therefore, you should carry this spirit of diligence and self-improvement into the various universities you are going intoâ€
He listed some of the core values in the functional education that they have received through experienced, talented and dedicated teachers, and advised the graduands not to follow the crowd to do evil, always compliment your work with prayer, be strategic in anything you do, and above all, this is not to say that all will be bed of roses as you go into the journey of life.
â€œChallenges will emerge but be rest assured that you will overcome by the grace of God.â€
Highlight of the event was the launching of the ISL Year Book 2008-2009 by Barrister Adedoyin Adedeji.
He told the graduands that the best way they can be useful to the country is to combine sound education with other qualities like integrity, hardwork, sincerity, honesty and great leadership.
According to him, â€œyour education is a means to what is called intangible wealth which is not just a cache of natural resources like gold, crude oil, diamond, agricultural products, etc. It is the software which makes all those tangible wealth useful.â€
Adedeji added: â€œA country that has great deposits of oil, precious stones and such other minerals but does not have or attract the personnel that will exploit such resources, is not really rich.â€
Among those present were Alhaji M.D. Yusuf, Special Guest of Honour; representative of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. M.A. Bidmos; Chairman of PTA-ISL, Chief Dipo Dina; Dean School of Postgraduate Studies, Prof. Toyin Ogundipe, Vice principal (Admin). Mr. O.A. Popoola, Vice Princip0al (Academic), Mrs. A.O. Adebayo and other distinguished persons.
There were cultural displays and goodwill messages.