Under the theme ‘Setting Goals To Inspire and Encourage’ fifty-nine students of the Pierre Charles Secondary School graduated from their alma mater last Friday.
The Hon Minister for Education and Human Resource Development, Petter Saint Jean, was elated to share in the celebration and success of the students.
The Dominica Labour Party Government values education and continues to ensure that each child is given an opportunity to excel, he said.
“In fact, your presence here justifies the resources which the Government of Dominica made to you throughout the period of schooling. We believe in the value of education. For this reason, we ensured that you were comfortable at school.”
The students were encouraged to continue to be good citizens and make a positive impact in society.
“Leave a good legacy so that when it is all said and done you will be remembered for something unique, something positive which no one else has done.”
Dr. Royettte Tavernier, a past student of PCSS and currently a professor at the Wesleyan University, Connecticut, United States was the featured speaker.
She encouraged the graduates to set higher expectations for themselves. She told the students, “Regardless of your self-doubt and the negativity of other, each and every one of you already have something within you and that thing is just waiting to be multiplied into something bigger than yourself.”
She dared the students to dream big and set high expectations regardless of their situation saying, “It is important to remember that you need to keep your dignity by working hard and earning your achievements.”
Mikaeel Carbon was named the 2017 valedictorian. Three graduated with honours, two with distinction and twenty-one with merit.