Scholastic Institute hosts its Eighth Annual Central Abaco Graduation Ceremony

by: Sharell Lockhart, News Reporter - Published Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Scholastic Institute held its Eighth Annual Central Abaco Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Church of God Cathedral Dundas Town, Abaco under the theme “The Future Belongs to Us... Let’s Reach for The Sky.”


Veteran educator Kendris Hield founded Scholastic Institute, which is registered with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and licensed by the Commonwealth of The Bahamas offering adults a second chance to receive their high school diplomas.


Six students successfully earned their diploma as well as passed their BJC national examinations that allow them opportunity to improve their quality of living and enter their dream career.


Valedictorian of the Eighth Annual Scholastic Institute 2016 graduating class was Oneil Pinder, who was elated to be a part of the program that provided him a second chance to not only receive a quality education but get him closer to fulfilling his dream of enrolling in college and earning a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering.


Jamal McIntosh Teacher of The Year for Abaco District served as the guest speaker and encouraged the graduates to continue striving for excellence in education noting, “Your education will not end, but will continue long after the commencement ceremony, as life will teach them each day.


“Of course graduates, you will experience challenges and triumphs going forward, however, keep in mind that success is not instantaneous but rather it is a “process” that can be broken down into three major steps: The Beginning, The Journey and the Arrival.


“The Beginning is where you set your course and proverbial GPS on the goal that you want to achieve while the Journey will be difficult at various intervals due to unforeseen obstacles that appear or had not been considered during the planning stage of the process; the Arrival is the sweetest part of the journey, as it culminates the extraordinary path each of you took to get to the destination.”


McIntosh encouraged the graduates not to squander this second chance and instead forge ahead to complete the process all while enjoying it.


He urged the students to appreciate all that it took to make it through their individual journey knowing it surely was worth it. 


The graduates also were encouraged by Scholastic Institute founder Hield, who during his remarks encouraged them to become leaders in their communities and The Bahamas noting, “We have a leadership crisis on our hands in the nation and I am afraid that our breed of genuine, honest leaders are dying out simply due to the fact that we are not replenishing our pool of persons to choose from.


“The true essence of a leader is to prepare someone to succeed them when they leave the scene and that is the key component to visionary leadership; graduates that is how legends are made.


“Therefore, I challenge all of you to help others to reach their fullest potential through your motivation and encouragement and accept your role as the Bahamas’ new generation of leaders that are sorely needed in our today. “Please remain steadfast in your continued quest for education and training by enrolling in the Scholastic Institute’s B.G.C.S.E. classes in January 2017.


“Graduates each of you are the difference that the Bahamas needs so I encourage you to lead the way.”


Dr. Lenora Black District Superintendent was also present at the ceremony and encouraged the students to continue their journey to success.


She also acknowledged the fact that she witnessed an improvement in the B.J.C. passes and negotiated with Ministry of Education, Science & Technology officials to assist in providing the Scholastic Institute graduates with a full scholarship to the University of The Bahamas and others in Abaco, who would have earned five B.G.C.S.E passes.


Family members and friends of the graduates happily cheered as the ceremony ended with the presentation of diplomas and awards.


The Scholastic Institute offers G.E.D. High School Diploma, B.J.C. and B.G.C.S.E. classes on Grand Bahama Island, Abaco Island, New Providence Island and coming soon on Andros Island as the program strives to continue to improve lives and fulfill the academic and technological dreams of students throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.


Published  Thursday, December 15, 2016 

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