Graduation Ceremony 2019

The Graduation Ceremony, 2019, began with the entry of the academic procession being led by the Chief Guest and Principal, Ma’am Bindrafrom the White House down into the main field. Chief Guest, Dr. Sanjeev Chopra, IAS, Director LalBahadurShastri National Academy of Administration,Mussoorie and his wife, Mrs. Chopra graced the occasion with their presence. This was followed by the batch of 2019 walking in and taking their place amongst the audience. The Principal led the gathering into prayer and the hymn for the evening was ‘Lab Pe Aati 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 and women of the batch of 2019 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 to VedantDewan and PrateekTibrewal; and the GulabRamchandaniAward for Gentleman of the Year, which went to SauravBidhuri.

Next, it was time for three proud parents of the graduation batch to speak- Mrs. AmaanatDhillon (Abhay Singh Dhillon’s mother), Mrs. GeetanjaliBhati (Harshul Bhatia’s mother) and Mrs. JoyeetaMukherji (ReetomRakshit’s mother). Next up was outgoing School captain, Abhay Singh Dhillon’s address, which was well received for its poignancy and nostalgia. The Chief Guest’s address was a perfect blend of advice, deep understanding and brevity, where he touched upon some of the characteristics of the world into which the graduating batch was set to enter- a world changing every five years and thus requiring a new set of skills to stay abreast. The School choir’s ‘Sad to Say Goodbye’ was followed by the School Song. In conclusion, the batch of 2019 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 at the Riverside Lawn.

-Justin Burrett