President David Granger, on Thursday evening, presented $1 million to President’s College at its 26th Graduation exercise, to boost the school’s science and technology facilities, a release from the Ministry of the Presidency said.
In his address, the Head of State said that President’s College has already acquired a proud reputation and history with lofty traditions.
“The College was conceived in 1983 as a ‘school of excellence’. It opened its doors for classes in September 1985. The aims of the College
are to `provide a place of education, learning and research of a standard required and expected of a secondary school of the highest standard and to promote the advancement of knowledge and the diffusion and extension of art, science and technology’ … President’s College, is true to its charter, and has produced citizens of exceptional ability. The traditional benchmark for academic excellence has always been the rate of matriculation, which qualifies students to enter university. Students of this College must continue to aim at that,” the President said.
The 2016 valedictorian, Camroul Hookumchand urged his classmates not to let this be the end of the road, but to aim higher and to keeping reaching for greater heights.
“Albert Einstein once said that `life is like a bicycle; you must keep moving.’ This quote is very applicable to all of us here. We cannot stop moving as we might lose our balance and as young high school graduates, we should not see this as the end of our accomplishments, but the first of many more to come. In today’s society, university education is of utmost importance. Let us further our studies to the highest levels; we want doctorates,” he said.
At the close of his speech, President Granger presented Hookumchand with several gifts; a laptop, $20,000, a shield and the President’s Certificate of Excellence.