The DPGA family extolled the success of its students on 16th August, 2014 by conducting the Graduation Ceremony. The evening was special as the school felicitated the students on their brilliant performance in the IB and A Level examinations and making the school proud by shining as national and world toppers.
The air in the auditorium filled with a sense of pride and delight as it was announced that four of the students secured admission in the best of the universities in the world: Aditya Rajagopal in Imperial College, London; Chinmay Thakare in University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Shubhankar Patankar in University of California, Davis; Namit Verma in Manipal Institute of Technology and Aishwariya Shridhar in Pillai’s College of Arts, Commerce & Science (Bachelor of Mass Media).
The Chief Guest for the event was Dr. Sally Enos, an accomplished personality in the field of education, currently heading the Pillai College of Education, New Panvel. The programme began on a solemn note with a prayer song and the lighting of the lamp by the Chief Guest Dr. Sally Enos, Principal Ms. Anjna Sahi and coordinator Ms. Shraddha Sardesai. A tuneful welcome song followed the welcome message by Ms. Shraddha Sardesai.
The proud moment came when the students made a grand entry on the stage in the graduation robes and caps. The Principal, Anjna Sahi delivered the graduation message, which made the students conversant to the fact that this phase of life and their newfound freedom, after graduation, demands responsibility and maturity from them.
The Chief Guest was then invited on the stage to give away the certificates and the trophies. Dr. Sally Enos motivated the students by saying that they are butterflies out of cocoon spreading their wings not only in India but also abroad. The message by Dr. Sally Enos in her speech moved everyone when she alluded to the ‘Chinese Bamboo Story’ to point out how the persisting and exerting efforts of parents and teachers bear fruits gradually in the success of students.
The evening reached its highest point when the teachers and the graduating students opened their hearts, as they spoke of the cherishable moments spent. The speech by the all the students spoke volumes about the beautiful bond a child shares with his school and teachers. IB student, Shubankar, chose to share his success with his teachers especially with Ms. Sarla Narayan. He mentioned how Ms. Narayan’s one sentence, “Failure to prepare is preparation for failure”, changed his perception towards studies, life and goal setting. These special moments followed by the movie ‘Memories’, covering pictures of the students throughout their span in school overwhelmed everyone. However, the last item of awarding fun certificates brought a smile on everyone’s face.
The magnificent event ended with a vote of thanks by Gautam Karve, but the celebrations continued with clicking pictures, cake cutting, appetizing dinner and smiles everywhere.