Monrovia – In a heart-warming ceremony filled with excitement and pride, 28 students from SOS Children’s Villages-supported Hermann Gmeiner International School (HGIS) in Monrovia celebrated their graduation, marking the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. The event, held in Sinkor, Monrovia, brought together students, parents, teachers, and well-wishers to honour the achievements of these young individuals.
The graduation ceremony served as a testimony to the resilience and determination of the graduating class. Over the past few years, these young people have faced unprecedented challenges, including a global COVID-19 pandemic that disrupted their educational journey. Despite the obstacles, they persevered, adapted, and emerged stronger, ready to impact the world.
The event commenced with a procession, followed by inspiring speeches from the school principal, valedictorian, and guest speaker. Each speaker highlighted the unique journey of the graduating class, acknowledging their accomplishments and encouraging them to embrace the opportunities that lie ahead.
The valedictorian, Nehmah Yeanay Jr, delivered a captivating speech, reflecting on the memories and growth shared by the students during their time at HGIS. He expressed gratitude to the teachers, parents, and supportive community, emphasizing the invaluable role they played in shaping their educational experience.
“It’s been a challenging journey, but with the encouragement of our teachers and families, we made it. Now, we’re ready to discover a new chapter and make a positive impact,” Nehmah emphasized.
Among the twenty-eight graduates, seventeen were females, while eleven were males. As the names of the graduates were called one by one, the air was filled with applause and cheers. The graduands were so elated. Each student proudly walked across the stage, receiving their diplomas and capturing the moment with pride and joy, celebrating their successes.
Eleven students were recognized for outstanding performance. Awards were also presented to seven students who achieved higher marks in different subjects, motivating them to continue striving for excellence in their future pursuits.
For her part, Victoria Harvey, Vice Principal of Hermann Gmeiner School remarked, “The more than twelve years of dedication, hard work, perseverance, and commitment have paid off.”
The graduation of these twenty-eight young people from SOS Children’s Villages supported school in Monrovia represents an exciting new chapter in their lives. As they step into the world, equipped with knowledge and skills, they stand as a beacon of hope, inspiring future generations to overcome challenges and pursue their dreams.
Congratulations to the graduating class of 2023! May your journey be filled with success and amazing opportunities.
Written by Joseph Joboe, SOS Children’s Villages in Liberia, Communication & Brand Coordinator