Thank you Mrs Marret-Brown I am pleased to be here to join you in celebrating this wonderful occasion at this noble institution that I’m proud to call my Almamata.
Firstly, congratulations to all of you. You should be very, very proud of yourselves for accomplishing this goal. Well done. I know you must all be excited to get your hands on your certificate and run out into the world. But as Ralph Emerson says “Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” That's where I come in as the key note speaker. I'll try not to drag u in my path but lead you to make yours.
To the families of those graduating and earning certifications, congratulations to you and you should know that your support through this process made an enormous impact. I'm sure you're very proud of your graduates as they close this portion of their lives and prepare for their next steps.
Graduation is one of those steps in life that defines a coming of age - the ending of one era of life, as a student or the one being shown the ropes, and moving on to a new stage in which you are a leader, a do-er and an achiever in the wider world. I'm sure many of you have firm plans and have a good idea of what's coming next, some of you have a pretty good idea of what you want to do next, a dream and a lot of hope to get you there, and some of you are just amazed that you got to this graduation point at all! Well the coming times will be exciting, they will be trying but they will be all dependent on you and your determination.
It's been 20 years since I graduated from this institution and things have changed just a bit since then.
I had big plans for myself. I was a graduate of this school, and I was going to pursue my goals no matter what. I wanted to have a career as a Business administrator but I became a teacher instead. I also have a family and I give thanks2 a prime person who kept me going and that is God. In everything put him first even if it is the 99th minute...