Greetings and salutations to one and all ♥️
I’m baaaaack from my sabbatical. I needed to tend to a few things and to be really honest, these past few months have been SO busy that it was hard to find time to blog.
The dust has settled. I’m in a good routine. And I think now is a good time to catch you up on the happenings of my life.
The purpose of this blog post, for me, is to have a soft copy, a digital memory of my graduation day. This was undoubtedly one of thee most special days in my life.
For those of you who know me personally, you know that I’ve jumped from studying 3 different degrees. I tried studying at different universities and just never found my calling. Not until Embury. Embury changed my life. And finally, after years of being lost and confused, I found my calling, my purpose and my passion. So this degree is really special to me. Of course the studying will not stop here.
So I graduated cum laude. This means I achieved a 75% Aggregate (A Aggregate) every year for my four years of study.
This was no easy task. My social life was basically dead for those years, lol who am I kidding, it’s still dead now 😂. But I mean a lot of energy and focus was put into my studies and I worked towards the cum laude pass from day 1. I got what I wanted hey. Through hard work and Gods grace, I achieved my goal.
Because I was president of the SRC at college, it was my task to say a speech on behalf of the students. This was such an honor and a privilege. Who, can ever say that they had the privilege of saying a speech at their graduation, which they were graduating cum laude from?
This is something that only happens when all the stars and planets align to make your dreams come true. It was that extra opportunity to make my parents proud, and boy were they beaming!!!
I had tears in my eyes the whole time. From the moment I got my little slip which said cum laude, to when I was called on stage and had to kneel before the CEO of Embury (a human that I look up to and revere), and even when I addressed the congregation. It was such an emotional day for me.
I will share my speech with you below. But more importantly, I will share pictures with you. Pictures of my big day.
When I think about my life and my goals, I don’t ever think of me being a bride wearing a white gown, that thought has never crossed my mind. I’m more interested now, in studying and wearing that red PHD gown.
So below you will find my speech and pictures of my special day.
It is my belief that educating young minds is the solution to foster mature, forward-thinking leaders to help bring the stability and growth the world really needs. With that said……….My ideal is that every person should have access to education because I believe, that education is the key to truly liberate the world.
I believe that each and everyone one of us sitting here today share this sentiment, and with this common goal, we have reached this momentous occasion.
Good day to the Chief Executive Officer of Embury Institute for Higher Education, Mr Human, the Chief Operating Officer, Professor Bean, the Executive Committee, the Dean of the Faculty of Education, Dr Thatcher, the academic staff and lecturers of Embury, parents and most of all, the graduates of 2017.
It is indeed a pivotal & momentous occasion. I am honoured and humbled to be standing here in front of all of you today.
My journey at Embury, has been a magnificent one. I have had the privilege of serving on the SRC for four years, two of which I have served as president of the SRC.
During my time at Embury, I have been exposed to the Embury values. Integrity. Dedication and compassion. I have adopted these values into my own personal life and go forth on every journey with integrity, dedication and compassion. With that, I have managed to persevere to new heights personally and academically and I can say with much pride that These values have been inculcated into my very being.
I have had first-hand experience in witnessing the Embury lecturing staff, carry themselves with these same values.
They gave us students, every tool possible to aid and assist us into becoming the best teachers we could be.
For that, I will be forever grateful.
During our time at Embury, my fellow graduates and I have had to wear many caps. In first year, we were psychologists. In second year, we were inclusive education specialists. In our third year, we were experts at organizing our very own fun day for under privileged schools in the Durban area. And in our final year, we were lawyers and curriculum developers. And now you sit before me, with yet another cap. Your graduation cap.
Our journey has not been easy. It’s been long, demanding, challenging and at times difficult but we progressed forth with dedication, determination and strong will, giving it our all with the hopes that one day, we too, would go out into the world and educate our future.
My fellow graduates, a few words of wisdom.
- You don’t have to be great to start but you have to start in order to be great. You have started, and you are great. Keep moving in this direction.
- Do what you can with what you have, where ever you are.
- Champions are not champions because they do extraordinary things, they are champions because they do ordinary things in a great way.
- If you have it in your mind you will hold it in your hands, and if you think about what you want in life and make that your dominant thought you bring it into existence. Thoughts become things.
- Take care of your mind and your mind will take care of you.
- Love is the highest frequency you can emit, the greater the love you feel and emit the greater the power you are harnessing.
- Get up, dress up, show up and never give up.
- Use your wings to fly and if you cannot fly, run and if you cannot run, walk and if you cannot walk, crawl and if you cannot crawl, roll. It does not matter how you move what matters is to keep on moving forward.
- Coming together is the beginning, keeping together is progress and working together is success.
We’ve proved, that we definitely deserve to be sitting here today. We’ve overcome many obstacles and hardships to arrive here and I have no doubt in my mind, that each and every single one of you will be the change we wish to see in the world.
Our dear lecturers, without your knowledge, without your time, without your guidance, we would not be sitting here today as victors. Please accept our most heartfelt thanks and gratitude. You believed in us, even when we sometimes, did not believe in ourselves, and with your encouragement and support, we achieved our goals.
Studying at Embury, has been a metamorphic experience for most of us sitting here. We found things in ourselves that we did not even know existed. We found courage, we found perseverance, we found resilience, we found hope but most of all……We found passion.
I know for certain, that we are now well equipped and well on our way to begin the journey of shaping young minds and educating the future of this world.
Some of my fellow colleagues have already acquired jobs. Some here, and some overseas. They have already begun their path in becoming “a positive change agent”. For those colleagues who have not yet found jobs, do not despair, do not lose hope. You are needed in this world and you will find something soon enough.
Today I stand before champions.
In front of me today I see victors. In front of me today I see winners. In front of me today I see conquerers.
You are the soldiers that sacrificed a lot. You are gladiators that endured to the end. You are fighters that persisted, and today you stand here victorious.
What moulds and unfolds a champion? A Champion is developed through trials and tribulation. A Champion is transformed through suffering. A Champion can only be a champion after it has won a difficult battle.
After all the ingredients of a champion are sweat, blood and tears. My DEAR FELLOW students, in your studies you have sweated, you have bled, you have shed tears and today you stand in front of us as champions.
1 leg of this remarkable journey is now complete. As a champion, as a graduate, as a teacher, it is now our responsibility to pass everything we learned to the future students of our country. The knowledge we gained thus far will only be useful if we use it to prepare the next generation, academically.
Remember “it is not about reaching your goals that matters but what you become in the process of reaching your goals”.
Congratulations on your success, but your journey does not end here, so go out and do all the good you can, by all the means you can, to all the people you can, at all the places you can, in all the times you can, for as long as you ever can. Do what you can, with what you have, where ever you are. Champions are not champions because they do extraordinary things, they are champions because they do ordinary things in a great way.
- May I ask all the graduates to please stand. May I remind you to put on your hats (if you have not done so already) and ensure that, in keeping with tradition, you move your tussle from the RIGHT to the LEFT to show that you have indeed graduated!!
- Let us wear our gowns and hoods and show our certificates with pride as signs of your achievement.
- And now as a gesture of our appreciation. I ask all graduates to turn around and face the audience and wave your certificates to your special guests, family and friends. And turn to the lecturers and do the same.
Stay tuned for more, I have a few ideas of posts I’d like to do in the next few months. Look forward to sharing my thoughts and experiences with you all.
As always, thanks for the support and love.