Leaving the gates of knowledge

Leaving the gates of knowledge

Leaving the gates of knowledge

The Baldwin Methodist College held its graduation day recently. The glittering ceremony saw the students dressed in the traditional robes and hats, waiting for the procession to start. Prizes were given away to ‘best student’, ‘all rounder’, ‘best footballer’, ‘best goalkeeper’, ‘best cricketer’, ‘best boxer’, ‘best dancer’ and ‘best outgoing union member’. The programme also included a candle-lighting ceremony.

The students who graduated displayed mixed emotions and were excited to meet each other on the day. Desiree, who was the student union president of the college, said that the three years were a learning experience and now that she was graduating, she felt proud to be known as a student from Baldwin.

“The organisational skills, the discipline and the memorable moments that the college has given me, will always be cherished,” she said. She also added that being a union member helped her learn more about interacting with people.

For some students, this was one of the first formal ceremonies in their lifetime. Samson Paul, a final-year student of BCA, said that it was a new experience in his life. “When I graduated from class tenth and twelfth, I never had such a grand ceremony. So this was very special. I gave the ‘vote of thanks’ for the ceremony, and expressed gratitude for the three years that I spent in the college,” he said. Samson was excited about the ceremony and says that he’s now planning for the future. “I’m looking into the different options that I can pursue after graduation,” he added.

Most of the students were thankful and nostalgic on the day. “The ceremony was a solemn occasion. This is our last few moments in the college, and we don’t know where all of us will be after this, which also makes this emotional,” said Sherwin Kuri, a third-year BCom student.

He has a few plans chalked out after he graduates and he feels that he will be successful at each step with the guidance of his teachers and his well-wishers.

Richard C, a final-year BBM student, said that the graduation day would remain one of the most memorable days of his life. “Baldwin is a place which changed my outlook to life. I overcame my stage fear here and college life gave me a lot of opportunities. I was able to bring out my talents here and this is where I discovered what I was capable of,” he said.
Joshua Samuel, the principal, told the students that if they had discipline in life, it would help them in their personal lives as well as career. “One should always stick to discipline, quality and equality in life,” he wrapped up.