Eager to begin the next chapter of life


The annual prize day, thanksgiving and valedictory programme of Bishop Cotton Women’s Christian College (PU) was held in honour of the outgoing second-PU students of the college recently.

It was a time of recognition of talent, hard work and potential as well as a day of looking back and bidding farewell to the graduating students.

The programme began with a prayer, followed by a Bible reading by Shantha Solomon, principal in-charge, Bishop Cotton Women’s Christian College. Esther Malini, principal in-charge, Bishop Cotton Women’s Christian Independent PU College, welcomed the gathering and addressed the students on the importance of education and striking a balance between learning and fun.

The chief guest for the day was Joel Hemanth, principal, HMS Institute of Technology (Tumkur), who inspired the students with his reflections on life, values and relationship. He also reminded them to render due respect to parents and teachers for their perpetual guidance, care and concern. All the graduates were dressed in blue saris and looked proud as they received their certificates and gave speeches.
Carol Mathai, the cultural representative and valedictorian, spoke of her stay at the college on behalf of the outgoing students.

“The function wasn’t as momentous as I thought it would be but it made me realise how much I’m going to miss my friends and teachers. That’s why I confessed some of the naughty things we’ve done in the last two years in my speech and acknowledged how much the teachers have moulded me. And I’m sure that applies to most of us,” said Carol.  She added, “I’ve seen myself completely transform from the time I joined this college to now and it has really boosted my confidence. The college events will be my biggest takeaway as I learnt a lot from each of them. For instance, only after participating in the student elections, fests and ‘Fresher’s Queen’ contest did I notice how much potential I actually have. Overall, I’ve made the most of these two years and can’t wait to start the next phase of my student life.”

This was followed by the prize distribution ceremony, where distinction holders, toppers in various subjects and the outgoing students of the year were recognised for their achievement in academics, curricular and co-curricular activities. The students then took a pledge to uphold the values instilled in them by the college and promised to abide by them at all times. The programme concluded with a prayer and the benediction.

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