GRADUATION CEREMONY 2020
The Graduation Ceremony, 2020, began with the entry of the academic procession being led by the Chief Guest, Mr Rod Fraser and Principal, Dr. Bindrafrom the White House down into the main field. Chief Guest, Mr Rod Fraser, Chairman Round Square, Chief Executive RDF Global Education and former Principal, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Melbourne Australia, graced the occasion with his presence. This was followed by the batch of 2020 walking in and taking their place amongst the audience. The Principal led the gathering into prayer and the hymn for the evening was ‘Lab PeAati Hai Dua’.
Ma’am Bindra then introduced the Chief Guest and made her farewell address to the graduating batch. Her heartfelt speech, filled with inspirational quotes and advice also set the mood of nostalgia as she looked, both back and forwards, as the young men of the batch of 2020 prepare to leave School. A shloka recital by the School choir was followed by the giving away of citations to each graduating student, by the Chief Guest. It was then time to award the prestigious subject awards, followed by the coveted Distinction certificates, Scholar’s Gown and Scarf. Other prized awards including the Speaker of the Year (English and Hindi), MUNer of the Year, Sportsman of the Year and others, brought the audience to their feet in recognition of these wonderful achievements. For the awards for Service to the Community, Exemplary Behavior and the Kataria Trophy for the Best All-Rounder, the proud parents of the winners joined their wards on stage. The Principal then announce the most awaited awards of the evening: the Principal’s Commendation Award, which went jointly to Vasu Agarwal, Prakhar Patel, and ShresthToshniwal; and the GulabRamchandaniAward for Gentleman of the Year, which went to ShresthToshniwal.
Next, it was time for three proud parents of the graduation batch to speak- Mr. Nikhil Kripalani (father of Avi Kripalani), Mr. Sikka (father of Rajvir Sikka) and Mrs. Bansal (mother of Chirag Bansal). Next up was outgoing School captain, Chirag Bansal’s address, which was well received for its poignancy and nostalgia. The Chief Guest’s address was a perfect blend of gratitude at having been invited to witness an event, which he described as exuding warmth and feeling, and deep understanding of the move out into the world, that the graduating batch would be experiencing soon. He also spoke about the Round Square philosophy of education and the vast network of schools, of which Welham Boys’ is an integral member.
The School choir’s rendition of ‘Sad to Say Goodbye’ was followed by the School Song. In conclusion, the batch of 2020 had one final handshake with the Principal, before walking away and releasing their wish lanterns into the cold February sky, Auld Lang Syne being sung in the background by the choir. Dinner for the batch, guests, and staff followed in the LowerField.