Thursday, April 27 – Another Red Letter Day for DGPS – The Annual Graduation Ceremony. Much anticipated, much awaited, much envisioned by students, parents and teachers. For students, a sense of achievement; for parents a sense of pride; for teachers a sense of accomplishment. Flowing gowns, balanced mortar boards, quivering tassels adorning the 2017 would-be graduates down the red carpet.
Walking to the accompanying strains of the age old Graduation March, girls and boys made their way to the stage – some confidently, some diffidently, as they approached their assigned seats. The evening’s proceedings were adeptly hosted by Ms. Annie Wilfred, Year Coordinator for Years 12 and 13, and Ms. Elizabeth George, Student Councellor. Short, light-hearted PowerPoint introductions of these students and a video of their year’s activities were prepared by Umair, Paree and Ayman (for Year 12) and Sasendu, Andre and Ahmed Tanveer (for Year 13) and shown during the proceedings.
It was a delight to meet Mrs. Neena Malhotra, retired Vice Principal, who had graced the evening with her presence and presented some of the certificates. As usual, it was a pleasure to see members of the Board of Directors as well. The Principal, Ms. Humera Ibrahim, commended the students and offered words of advice. She ended the speech with an inspirational poem to motivate the soon-to-become graduates. This year, the Chief Guest was Mr. Micky Bhatia, General Manager, Al Futtaim Travel in Dubai. He certainly sensed the pulse of the gathering and made his speech ‘short and sweet’!
Towards the end, special awards were also given to the top achievers in the May/June 2016 CIE (IGSCE, AS and A Level Examinations). This year’s Valedictorian was Head Boy Pranay Manghnani. The Salutatorian was Umm E Shahamah Tariq. Head Girl, Shalyn D’Sa was presented the Principal’s Award. They addressed the audience and their peers with measured ease and panache.
The Graduation Ceremony is a momentous occasion every year to be treated with the respect that it deserves. However, this year, unfortunately, there were a few disappointments. Despite the polite request and gentle reminders to the audience to switch off their mobile phones, some parents continued to make and respond to calls. An infant, in the arms of a relative, protested loudly throughout the evening, disturbing the auspicious ceremony.
Albeit, the Graduation came to a hearty close with the jubilant tossing of caps, the congratulatory hugs, the high fives, the never-ending mobile photos and of course the coloured confetti showering down on the beaming faces.
Well done Young Graduates! Keep striving! Keep soaring! God bless you all in every walk of life.