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Salesian College Sonada celebrates Graduates with a Grand Ceremony

11 June 2024, Darjeeling: The graduation ceremony at Salesian College Sonada commenced with an assembly in the Front Courtyard on 11 June 2024. The procession included the National Flag Bearer and College Flag Bearer, both Deans, followed by NCC cadets, band members, and department-wise lines led by their HoDs. The dignitaries, including the Chief Guest, Principal, Rector, Vice Principals, Coordinator, and faculty members, were escorted by NCC cadets. The Vice Principal addressed the assembly from the Arcade.

The Master of Ceremonies began with a quote from George Washington Carver. The Vice Principal, Fr. Nirmal Toppo, welcomed the guests. Dr. Terence Mukhia and Mr. Uday Malla then led the procession to the Auditorium with the Brothers’ Band playing “Come thou fount of every blessing.”

In the Hall, the students and dignitaries took their places in silence. The MC highlighted the significance of Graduation Day. A lamp-lighting ceremony followed, symbolizing knowledge and life, with participation from the Chief Guest, Principal, and representatives from each department. Ms. Alisha Soreng led the Prayer of the Graduates, after which the National Anthem was sung.

Fr. Johny Nedungatt delivered the Rector’s message, and the HoDs called the roll of candidates for graduation. The Principal, Fr. Dr. Babu Joseph, assessed and declared the candidates’ readiness for their degrees, followed by an oath-taking ceremony.

Dr. Terence Mukhia presented the annual report. Certificates and mementos were distributed to students by various dignitaries, and special awards such as the Principal’s Award and President’s Award were given.

Dr. Nupur Das delivered the keynote address, inspiring the graduates. The ceremony concluded with a song by Anjana Rai, a valedictory speech by Mr. Prabhakar Khawas, and the College Anthem. The graduates then proceeded for group and individual photographs.

The ceremony celebrated the students' achievements and marked the beginning of a new chapter in their lives, emphasizing the values and education imparted by Salesian College.