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PRINCIPAL'S ADDRESS ON GRADUATION DAY, 21 July 2018

The Chairman of PTA with his Executive,
The Zonal Chairmen,
The Provincial Superior,
All the Marist Reverend Brothers here present,
Our Chaplain and his Assistant,
The OSAMCA Chairman,
The Reverend Sisters here present,
Our dear parents and guardians,
Our graduating and continuing students,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
On behalf of the Management team, Staff and Students of Marist Comprehensive Academy (MCA), Uturu and the graduating class of 2018, l extend a hand of warm welcome to everyone and thank you for being present to celebrate this day with us.

Reminiscing about the time these students have spent here, there is a plethora of words to that can be used to highlight the events, rigours, stress, trials and feelings of this gathering today. I am very proud to say that they have now grown to be now different from the lads brought to this place years ago. They have transformed into new humanity that appreciate diversity.

Six years ago, each of you graduating today with your parents/guardians made a firm decision to pursue your secondary school education in this institution without coercion. I believe that in the middle of the journey, some of you wanted to quit, pack their books and bags and go home. Some of you actually did and honestly, it was an easier task to perform but you stuck through it all, thick and thin. MCA is meant for serious minded, committed, responsible and hardworking children who are determined to lay a solid foundation that could withstand the storms and challenges in our society for their future. You deserve to be celebrated because you have exhibited the above attributes.

We have gathered to celebrate your success. All of you can raise your heads high for you have overcome all the challenges life threw at you in the past years of vigorous formation and training in MCA. The journey has been very tough but you have reached the end of this hurdle which will usher you into the beginning of a new chapter in your developmental stage, l am encouraging you never to relent. I urge you to use the spirit that you have shown, the sacrifices you made, the sleepless nights you have endured that made you arrive at your destination today. If you hold firm unto all these great qualities you demonstrated here, you shall equally be assured of your ticket to the next level after your university studies, but failure to be constant and consistent, you will surely derail when storms rock your boat. Align with God in all you do and He will never allow you to face your difficulties alone. Never you depart from here without almost if not all, that you have learnt in Religious and Moral Education. Sooner or later, you will realise its essence and relevance.

All of you came to this school with high or low expectations but graduating today, tells you only one thing that your expectations have been met, and the ball is now thrown at you to step boldly into the wider world in pursuit of your aspirations. Hence what is needed today in Nigerian society and beyond, more than ever, is for you to always think in the right way because your training here has earned you a certificate in character and learning to be a victor anywhere in any circumstance that crosses your path.

Education is said to be key to success, but l add that transformative education is candle that should light your path when darkness shows its ugly face. It is a key that should shut the doors of despair, strengthen hope and this, you have been given over the years of your stay in MCA. As you graduate today, l ask you and challenge you to constantly reflect on “what are you willing to spend your moral capital, your intellectual capital, your cash, and your sweat equity in pursuing outside of the walls of MCA?” As you depart this school today, l pray for all of you to fly in the plane of ambition in order to land at success in your various institutions of higher learning.

Parents/guardians, if you invest in your child, you will not invest for your child. Children require presence but not presents. This aspect of parental responsibility has been neglected and is being ignored by many of you. I want you to know and understand that there is no number of gifts and meeting financial obligations that can substitute your personal presence. Your written will for the children can be destroyed after a few years you are no more, the only certain inheritance your children can leave behind which is secured is the investment made in your child not for your child. More importantly, remember always to pray earnestly for your children to have the grace to surmount peer pressure or external negative influence. That apart, kindly accept my appreciation for your collaborative role you played in ensuring that these children are moulded properly. Together, we shall continue to accomplish this great task.

For all of us at this event, we have to understand that we are born with a certain amount of resilience. It is a muscle, and that means we can build it. We can build resilience into ourselves and equally build it into people we love. And we build it together, as a community. That is called “collective resilience.” It is an incredibly powerful force and it is one that our country Nigeria and our world thirst for a lot more to address the deteriorated nature of peace across the globe. It is in our relationship with each other that we find our will to live, our capacity to love, and our ability to bring change into the world.

Today, patriotism doesn't require us to endure starvation or extreme deprivation. It does require us to have the courage to do what is hard. What does that mean? Well, it means having the courage to face innovative ideas in life, to listen to those on the other side of an argument with open mind instead of retreating into safe spaces. It means having the courage to re-examine our beliefs when data and science contradict them. It means having the courage to stand up to members of your family when you believe they are wrong or when their actions put at risk the interest of the community or society.

I am grateful to our staff. You are not only our staff, you are friends to these children, authority and guide, all rolled into one person. They will always be grateful to you for your support and kindness. Thank you for creating an environment of enthusiasm for learning, appreciation for growing, and room for making mistakes along the way. Once again, congratulations to our graduates and gratitude to everyone who has come from far and near to grace this occasion. May the Lord continue to be our guide and shield as we dismiss to our respective destinations.

Br. Moses Fegher, Fms
Principal.

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Marist Comprehensive Academy, Uturu.
Abia State, Nigeria
Postal: PMB 1920 Achara, Uturu, Abia State
Phone: 09097179543, 07060635680, 08037661554, 08084323665
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