The 2018 graduating class of the Dominica Grammar School has been encouraged to be open to learning as they move on to tertiary education or opt to enter the world of work.
That encouragement came from Ray Francis, who was the featured speaker for the school’s annual graduation held on Monday 25 June at the Goodwill Parish Hall.
Francis told the students, in order to be successful, it is critical that are receptive to continuous learning.
“You have to open yourselves to it; do not become, at any point in your life, someone who thinks that they are so accomplished that they don’t need to learn anymore,” he stated.
Francis said since there will always be new things to learn, the graduates must be willing to listen to the guidance of others and to learn from their experience, as they will never have the ability to have all of life experiences.
“But also be careful who you take advice from, because not everyone who is older has opened up themselves to learning from life experiences. Older is not always wiser,” Francis cautioned.
He reminded the students that while they will make mistakes and should learn from them, they must also learn from their successes.
“When you have success, you have a responsibility to learn from the experience so that you can help others to become the best version of themselves and you must do this with humility and with grace,” he noted.
Francis further encouraged graduates that they should use past successes to help build a foundation for their future.
“In those darkest of moments, remember the processes that you went through during the good times, remember the path you took and use it as a source of strength and encouragement. I challenge you class of 2018, use your success from yesterday to encourage for today and for tomorrow,” Francis added.