Graduation Ceremony 2018

Despite the overcast weather on the 12th of February 2018, the Graduation Ceremony began as warmly as ever, with the traditional slow march into the Activity Centre, of the Chief Guest, Mr. Aveg Agarwal, Principal, Ma’am Bindra, senior members of staff and the entire batch of 2018. The academic faculty greeted them as they walked in and the Principal led the assembly into prayer followed by the hymn ‘Lab Pe Aati Hai Dua’. This was followed by the presentation of a bamboo shoot to the Chief Guest’s wife, Mrs. Agarwal. Ma’am Bindra then addressed the gathering and her speech inspired the batch of 2018 to be true to their values and always conscious of their inextricable link to their School. Ma’am also spoke of the importance of each one of the boys of the graduating batch and also harked back to Ms. Dia Mirza’s thought provoking question ‘Who are you?’emphasizing on that one unchanging role of being a true Welhamite. The meditative Vedic prayer was followed by each graduating student coming up on stage to receive his citation, amidst much cheer and applause. Next up were the most coveted awards of the year,a summary of whichis as follows:

  • Principal’s Recommendation Award- Vinay Prakash
  • Sportsman of the Year- Vijay Prakash and Vayank Bhatia
  • Gulab Ramchandani Award for the Gentleman of the Year- Anant Agarwal
  • Service to the Community Award- Anurag Bhatia
  • Explemplary Behaviour Award- Ayush Tulsyan
  • Kataria Trophy for the Best All-Rounder- Vijay Prakash

This year, three parents of the batch of 2018 gave very emotional and touching speeches. Mrs. Jain (mother of Shreshth Jain) spoke of her long association with Welham that started with her schooldays at Welham Girls’; Mrs. Bhatia (mother of Anurag Bhatia) expressed her gratitude and appreciation for the School and staff and Mr. Verma (father of Harshit Verma and an old boy of the batch of 1987) spoke eloquently about the spirit of Welham and what it means to be part of the prestigious WOBS (Welham Old Boys’ Society).

Vijay Prakash, the outgoing School Captain then delivered his final address as head of the student body and his speech was filled with nostalgia and a sense of unity for his fellow batch mates who stood by him through thick and thin.

Mr. Aveg Agarwal, the Chief Guest of the evening mesmerized the audience with his simplicity and inspired his young listeners to not be rigid, but rather flexible when it comes to pursuing one’s dreams and career paths. His accolades and achievements in fields as varied as technology and bureaucracy were proof that one need not be limited to just one sphere, but must continue to expand one’s horizons in this ever changing world that we inhabit today.

The poignant song sung by the Junior School choir, ‘Sad to Say Goodbye’ encapsulated the nostalgia of the evening and the School song was followed by the graduating batch’s final handshake with the Principal, with ‘Auld Lang Sine’ being sung by the choir in the background. The serene beauty of the starry cold night outside was only heightened by the memorable release of the wish lanterns, as many graduates broke down with emotion. For many, this was the moment of true realization, that the end of their school life was so near. Over dinner that followed, staff, guests and students mingled and reminisced as the evening was brought to close.

-Justin Burrett