The graduation ceremony of the students of Bachelors of Social Work and Masters of Social Work at St Joseph’s College of Arts and Science was conducted recently.
It was a significant occasion for the students, who were understandably proud.
This is the 58th batch to graduate from the department of social work and the staff and the juniors ensured that it was a special occasion indeed.
What made the evening even more special was the fact the parents of many of the students took time out to attend the ceremony. Some of them, in fact, came from North East India, Kerala, Ranchi and even abroad.
The programme got off to an interesting start, with various students receiving departmental awards for their accomplishments.
Worrin and Latha Paul walked away with the ‘best outgoing students’ award and Luganish and Manisha bagged the prize for ‘sportspersons of the department’. Other awards like the ‘most enterprising student’ and ‘committed service leadership’ were also given out.
Every student also got a special scroll with the ethics of social work practice imprinted on them. Thamid, a student, says that he felt really special. “It’s nice to have a special farewell by the department itself. It’s an experience I would cherish for a long time to come,” he adds.
Akshay D M, a professor, expressed how social work is important. “Social work is about being the change and being an inspiration to others,” he adds.
Most of the professors spoke about how social work is not a profession but a vocation and what it means to a Josephite. The students too expressed how emotional they felt about leaving the comforts of the college.
Binish Ben, a student, says, “I will never forget the good and even the hard times I have had as a student of social work, since both the experiences prepared me to be more effective in the future.”
The evening also included a musical programme and emotions ran high as it came to an end. The students then took time out to pose for pictures with each other.