Stella Maris Celebrates 10th Graduation Ceremony
The atmosphere showcased mixed feelings; while some of the 147 students dressed in purple elegant graduation gowns were clearly excited, other junior students were a bit sad – they are going to miss their senior colleagues. The ceremony was held at the school premises in Abuja. In attendance were dignitaries such as, former lawmakers and directors from Federal Ministries and others.
Principal of the school, Chukwuemeka Anyaene described the 10th year graduation as a take-off point for the school to relaunch itself across various fields of activities and needs.
He said Stella Maris was committed to continuously striving to make it destination for more international students, who wished to combine the Nigerian education and British, American style.
He lauded parents for enrolling their wards in the school. “Today the school has grown in terms of population, facilities and environment.
The school has become a model to other schools in the Federal Capital Territory.” According to him, the late founder, Mrs. Uche Anyaene, headed 17 schools in FCT and deplored the experiences in establishing. The school had been major contributor of undergraduates to Universities in Nigeria and overseas.
Chiamaka Isigwe emerged best overall student and also doubled as the best student in Art. Osubor Dorothy is the best student in Social Science while Princess Chigozie Chioke emerged the best Science student.
On behalf of the graduating students, Musa Frederick, who gave a valedictory speech, commended the teachers for the discipline and training instill on them.
He lauded Managing Director of the school, Anyaene who played a fatherly role while they were in school. As for him, the chastisement will be missed. “This occasion, I must say is a painful pleasure in the sense that these fine faces I have been seeing up till today, I may no longer see on a daily basis.
When the news of the ceremony came to me, I welcomed it with joy, but when I was told that I am a valedictorian, I asked myself these questions, which have remained unanswered: “Who will redirect our footsteps right when we derail? Who will insist that discipline must be maintained at all times?
Who will sanction us to pack pieces of firewood for misconduct?” Frederick went on, “Who will insist we strike a balance in our academic by being fit and upright in all areas irrespective of the attending odds? Who will forever encourage us when we take the right path and redirect our footsteps where the need arises.”
These six years of learning, training, education and character formation had not been easy though, but we are now through with joy, thanks and praises. Without you, it would not have been possible.
Thanks a million time,” he added. On behalf of the parents and guardians, Chairman of the event, Barr. Jonathan Adole expressed optimism the students would be great leaders who would contribute positively to entire development of the nation.
He advised the students to set new goals, work tirelessly to be great, adding that social media should be used positively rather than otherwise. However, Isigwe attributed her success to God, hardwork and commitment to studies. She hopes to be a lawyer.
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