By Emmanuel Edukugho
Members of graduating class 2011, Krisbethel College, Akinogun, Ipaja, Lagos, were told to acquire as much knowledge as they can and that their focus should still be on education.
Ms Oluwayemisi Oluwatoyin Solarin, Principal, delivering her speech at the 8th valedictory service/prize giving day celebration recently, said the occasion marks the end of the six years journey of this graduating class 2011.
“Today 27th July, 2011 equally marks the beginning of a fresh journey into the world. The world unknown, the world filled with challenges, the world waiting to be created and to be lived by you. Today, you are being sent forth unto that world. The world you have been prepared for.”
Acknowledging that at Krisbethel, they have been well grounded academically and character wise, she declared: “We have done a very good job on you and we expect to keep seeing that good work leading you to greater achievement, breaking new grounds of excellence in the very near future.”
She counseled that their strongest principle should be “Do unto Others what you will like them to do unto you,” because whatsoever a man sows he will reap and be very careful the way you treat people.
The principal urged the graduands to be good ambassadors of Krisbethel and there should be no such thing as failure in their minds. “You belong to the God of success, the Almighty God.
He will never let you down.” Saying dedication to God is essential, also self-discipline to overcome every distraction placed against their glory, she cautioned that, “to be an achiever you will need a lot of determination to pursue the great vision in you because there are great challenges.”
Solarin commended the teachers, the Chairman, Board of Directors, Chief D.A. Ojo, the Proprietress/Director of Education, Chief (Mrs.) C.O. Ojo, and parents, thanking them for investing in the life of these children.
In her own address, the Proprietress, Chief (Mrs.) C.O. Ojo, gave glory to god for making the occasion possible, saying that, “we at Krisbethel Schools have ardent determination towards moulding your children not only to be useful to themselves but also their immediate family, society, nation and the world in general.”
She maintained that, “we are schools of focus, purpose and standard. We would not relent in our uprightness nor should we rest on our oars.”
The outgoing students were advised to keep away from any behaviour that could soil their good name and what they stand for.
The Spiritual Father of the Day, Rev. Emma Iherome of St. Michael Anglican Church, Egbeda, reminded the graduating students that they still have a long way to go. Ahead are 4-5 years for first degree, 1-2 years for master, 3-4 years for the doctorate degree.
“Remember your creator, give your life to Jesus, keep him in mind everyday, retain your creator, consider him. He has given you strength, intelligence. Time to make choices of life, surrender to Jesus, remember him quickly, serve him now, don’t wait till when you are old.
If you do it now, you have laid a foundation and won’t depart, don’t wait until you have a problem.”
Secondly, he urged them to love the Bible, the book of books. He referred to Abraham Lincoln who said, “it is difficult to rule America without Bible, without God.”
He added: “Let Bible be your manual, eternal life guide for success, don’t depart from the Bible. Follow it, will sharpen your focus. Straighten your way. Everything you need is in the Bible.”
In her keynote address, Dr. (Mrs.) Abdul Adesola, retired Deputy Director , Ministry of Education, Lagos State, told the graduands that their “education is unfinished business without this ceremony.”
She commended the parents who have done a lot of work on these children, adding, “the Lord will bless you and replenish your purse.” For the graduands, she congratulated them for the long 6 years spent in the college, saying, “Lord will guide your steps in future life.”
Her address titled – “Discovering the Secrets of Excellent Academic Performance,” dwelt on academic competitiveness becoming keener and keener nowadays as employers look for 1st class, 2nd class upper graduates, the need for high academic attainments to make a difference and steps that will lead to academic success and excellence.
It was a lengthy and comprehensive presentation which touched on what excellence is, quality of brain extremely good, outstanding, secret of academic success because it cannot be achieved overnight, but step-by-step, not by luck, not chance, but of choice, backed by adequate planning, hardwork, long time preparation, and making sacrifice.
Develop positive attitude, right focus, taking responsibility for your own success, study techniques, identify your potentials, set challenging goals for yourselves, realistic goal is a mental future that gives you a firm grip, energise, driving force which can take you to your dream land.