Seventeen students have officially completed their tenure at the Lead Institute with a graduate ceremony held last Friday under the theme ‘Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.’
The students received their diplomas from the ceremony’s featured speaker, Dr. Tricia Lewis, and their awards from the Director of Lead Institute, David Vital.
Joanice George was named valedictorian, going on to cop the Valedictorian Award and the outstanding Accounts Major as well as the subject prizes for Outstanding Accounting Student, Outstanding Caribbean Studies Student, Outstanding Management Student and Outstanding Integrated Math Student.
Natalia Antoine took home the Leadership Award and the Outstanding Law Major Award, as well as subject awards for Outstanding Caribbean Studies Student, Outstanding Law Student, Outstanding Literature Student, and Outstanding Integrated Math Student.
Janelle Antoine received subject prizes for Outstanding Literature Student, Outstanding Law Student, and Outstanding Communication Studies Student.
Desra Eusell copped the awards for Outstanding Economics Major, and Outstanding Entrepreneurship Student, while Destiny Pascal picked up the award for Outstanding Law Student.
During her valedictory address, Joanice George stated that the graduating class ability to embrace change is one of the reasons they were able to complete their college journey.
“Our completion of this academic journey was not solely based on our ability but more so our adaptability. We were able to conform to change and make the best of our circumstances. Many of us had the opportunity to run away from the situation or just throw in the towel but you fellow graduates did otherwise,” George stated.
She went on to tell her fellow graduates to use obstacles to strengthen themselves as they follow their dreams.
“The fact that we are here todays simply shows our determination and drive to succeed despite the odds. I urge you fellow graduates to use any and every obstacle as a confidence booster in the direction of your dreams,” she noted.
George went on to state that “instead of having a negative outlook on challenges, look at them as opportunities to strengthen your determination to achieve your dreams,” adding that “since it is your dream, be in control of your destination and your journey.”
She warned her colleagues against unfairly comparing themselves and their success to that of others, stating that “your measure of success may not be mine, my dream is not your dream; thus be your own person.”
George further urged the graduating class to continue to embrace the changes that they will encounter while following their dreams, noting that “whatever your future endeavors are, remember to be your own person and follow your dreams .
“Change is inevitable, she noted, while urging the graduates to be ‘adaptable’ and encouraging them to “not allow your dreams to remain mere dreams.”
“Transform these dreams into reality by taking precise steps, embellished with confidence. Graduating class of 2018, please put on your confident socks, strap up your adaptable sneakers and run confidently in the direction of your dreams,” George added.