Three hundred and seventy two students of Command Day Secondary School Oshodi were in ecstasy as they graduated and baded their loved ones a final goodbye and ending their six year stay in the School on a high.
If the Valedictory Service was superb, the bar for the Speech and Prize giving day was raised as the Danjuma Hall was filled to its bream with dignitaries; among who were the Chief Host Col YZ Momoh, the Special Guest of Honour The General Officer Commanding 81 Division Maj Gen EO Udoh represented by Brig Gen AO Quadri, Guest of Honour Corps Commander Education represented by Col CC Ogbu, Chairman of the Occasion Mr Silas Asamideri Regional Head Lagos/South-West First Guarantee Pension Ltd, Guest Speaker Mr Muyiwa Ojediran Director Resource Worth Services Ltd and many important personalities.
The Ceremony which kicked off with the National and School Anthem which was Orchestrated by the School Band and followed swiftly by the Opening Prayer and the Introduction of Guests both taken by the Christian Association and the Master of ceremony respectively.
The Commandant of CDSS Oshodi, LT Col MA Bukar gave an inspirational welcome address to the guest. He welcomed the top military personnel, Special Guest of Honour, graduating student, staffs, parents, members of the press amongst others. He made his delight known to the audience and appreciated their effort in honoring the invitation.
He said “I am delighted and humble to welcome our Special Guest of Honour and other important dignitaries to Command Day Secondary School Oshodi. We are indeed grateful that you have taken time out from your busy schedule to grace this occasion.”
The graduation speech which underscores the impact of the educational attributes entrenched in the students was echoed to the students and urged them to do great exploit.
He opined “It is on this premise that I urge all graduating students to be good ambassadors of CDSS Oshodi, to reflect the knowledge they acquired by exhibiting good character to be successful.”
The Nigerian Culture and entertainment in general was fully appreciated by the school as the students gave rounds of terrific performances ranging from the likes of Zulu, Efik and Koroso dances, the CDSS Oshodi steel band, Fashion Parades and lots more
|CDSS Oshodi during its cultural dance|
The Guest Speaker Mr. Muyiwa Ojediran who was one of the Alumni of the school delivered the lecture to the outgoing students. The 40 minutes lecture which was titled “HEREAFTER: LESSONS I HAVE LEARNT” underscores the impact of the educational attributes entrenched in students.
Having observed all protocols, he drove the graduating students through memory lane using himself as a case study. He equally shared his experiences with the students when he was in their shoes
He said “ I remember my first day at this school , that was my first ever experience of a barrack environment where I would come to appreciate the value of the men and women of the armed forces as well as having to relate with everybody in this same environment. It was quite unsettling!”
“I also can never forget my first day “stomach butterflies” as I met my classmates SS1Emerald. What a rowdy bunch we would become. I spent three years on these grounds and I left with memories……”
He also told the outgoing student to live above their fears and encouraged them to always be positive sharing with them some wisdom and lessons he had come across during this span.
The cutting of the graduation cake saw important dignitaries come together including the Military Officers, head boy and head girl. This was beautifully done after the calling out CDSS.
Adetayo Adeola was the star of occasion as she bagged home multiple awards including the overall best commercial student which drew a star prize of N50,000. Also, Johnsone Eugene, Ogbonna Victoria, and Imediegwu Tobechukwu won the awards for the best student in Science, Humanities, Technology respectively.
The response by the outgoing Head Girl Akpan Ekemini was delivered to all, a vote of thanks by the VP Admin Mr. D.F Salau and a closing prayer followed swiftly by the Muslim Association.