By Emmanuel Edukugho
At the 7th Valedictory Service and graduation ceremony of Westminster College, Lagos, held recently, forty-six graduands were released with a charge to them that the world outside is not rosy.
The Managing Director of Westminster College, Chief Johnson Barovbe thanked the graduating students for obeying the college rules and regulations and also keeping to the ethos of the institution.
He appreciated the contributions of the parents who laboured diligently to source the funds for tuition and boarding fees, describing the college as a family institution due to the small class sizes and every child known by his first name, and frequency of interaction between students and parents. He said that in 2008, a student of the college, Mr. Hafeez Musa was best overall at the University of Lagos diploma examination.
Another, Miss Peace Okugbo, graduated in 2008 from Covenant University with a first-class degree in Accounting and was adjudged as one fo the best students in the accounting department of the university. â€œHere in Westminster College, Lagos, we believe in hardwork, dedication to duty and discipline. We teach family values, community relations and good neighbourliness.â€
Barovbe added that a university in England recruited 5 students from Westminster College, Lagos, to do the university foundation course and all of them topped their classes.
The college is developing an international policy which will initiate students in the global world affairs in which it is sending 25 students to Camp Beaumouth in Norwich, UK, where they will meet and interact with other students from various countries by August 2009.
â€œThis will be a yearly routinization with the intention to go to camps in other countries in the future, and by the time a student leaves Westminster College, Lagos, he or she may be proud to say â€˜I have visited Ghana, South Africa, UK, US or Canada.â€™ Apart from knowing the immediate community, a student should be able to discover the world than seeing it through maps and website.â€
About 19 students who graduated from the college in 2008 were sent to various universities in England and USA to do four years to obtain their first degree in economics, accounting, business management, law, politics, marketing and sciences.
â€œNow, with the economic or financial meltdown, our friendly universities in the United Kingdom have arranged with us to start one year university foundation course in September 2009″, he disclosed.
According to him, on completion of the university foundation course, students will move to universities in UK to do three more years to obtain their first degree in engineering, economics, business management, law and sciences. He pointed out that it is the University of Buckingham that will set up the one year university foundation course at Westminster College, Lagos.
Professor Sam Oyovbaire, former Minister of Information who was chairman of the event, commended the graduatingÂ students and advised them to always remember the college, be proud of their alma mater, make contact with the college and the students they left behind.
Deputy Governor of Lagos State was represented by her husband, Comdr. Oluseyi Sosan (Rtd), who assured that by the next yearâ€™s graduation, his wife, Mrs. Sarah Sosan who is also Commissioner for Education would be present.
He said that the deputy governor is very proud of the college and will continue to be associated with the institution.
There were cultural dances and displays while prizes were given to outstanding graduands in learning and character.