To you the Class of 2019 I have to confess that once I learned of the name by which your class set wishes to be known, I had to resume my studies at the University of Wikipedia to find out what the name meant exactly! I knew that chalcedony was some kind of stone, and my studies revealed that in fact chalcedony is a precious stone and it is made from one of the commonest substances on earth, that is silica. Silica is one of the building blocks of sand and we all know how common sand is. But once silica has undergone heat and pressure and a variety of refinements, we come up with the beautiful substance chalcedony which is much more valuable and durable than common sand.
Likewise you the class of 2019 have undergone a refining process here at Mayflower Private School over the last six years. You came in as dare I say ordinary silica, and through the crucible of this institution involving pressure, stress and discipline, you have emerged as something infinitely more precious than what you were when you first started out.
Let us give credit where it is due. For every one of the Class of 2019 who is finishing with us today on this Friday the 26th of July, 2019, you are all to be congratulated. You have stuck it out, remaining true to your goals of obtaining a great education which will guarantee you a bright future. You have endured a lot, read a lot, learned a lot, and are now ready to move on to the next stage of your life’s journey. Give yourselves a round of applause.
Your principals, vice principals, and teachers have as well done their very best to mold you and to direct you so that you are adequately prepared for the future. I am sure that you will certainly not forget many notable figures who worked so hard to train you both in and out of the classroom. Principal Mrs. Oluwakemi Yusuff, Principal Mr. Attah Kakra, Vice Principal Mr. I. A. Okunuga and a host of talented teachers who have worked with you through the years have contributed in no small way to your success, and I hope that you keep all of these great icons in your memory and in your prayers. Your dormitory parents also cannot be forgotten -your matrons and wardens who endured your behavior and your high spiritedness when you came home after class should also be remembered. Let us also give credit to the unsung heroes behind scenes in the form of all ancillary staff as well. All have done their best to contribute to this finished shining product, the Chalcedonics.
And as a parent and grandparent, let me advise you graduates never to forget to appreciate your parents who made this whole journey possible. They have undergone a lot of sacrifices for you and you will never be able to repay them for what they have done for you. The only repayment that any parent asks for is for you to be successful in your chosen fields and to be a source of pride to them and to your family as the years go by.
My parting words to you graduates, the Chalcedonics is simple; it is the same simple advice that Mrs. Sheila Solarin, one of the founders of Mayflower School always used to give- “ Work hard and be honest”. If you were to get advice from Dr. Tai Solarin, it might well be along the lines of “I shall pass through this world but once, any good thing I can do any kindness I can show, let me do it now. “
We wish you all the best and pray that you will ever be shining and precious gems.