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Keynote Speech [ full text ]
4th Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony at the Nyenoweh Eston Preporatory School ( NEPS) on the GSA Road, Paynesville.
By: Madam Guladia T. Nyamalon
August 28, 2021
It is always a joy for me to talk to little children. It is even a bigger joy for me today to speak to children who are so determined to become somebody? Just looking at them melts my heart. Look at them...looking so beautiful. You all have done well. Clap for yourselves. Thanks to the Proprietress and the Administration of the Nyenoweh Eston Preparatory School for the opportunity. It is a great opportunity.
Today, you mothers, fathers, grandparents...and our Teachers are proud of your little ones. So am I. You deserve to be proud because you can see the result of your effort...from the first day they stood up and took the first step to walk, to the first day you heard them say the first word...to the first day you held their hands to write A...it has been quite a journey...and today, they are graduating from Kindergarten. We are proud of you, parents and guardians. Give yourselves a very big hand clap.
To you our little ones, know that today you have taken your biggest first step in life. Today, you have crossed the Bridge into real life. What you were doing is what we call pre-school. That is where they train and prepare you for the big step ahead....that is where you show that you are serious to take that big step. Where you are about to go to now is called First Grade. That is your big first step.
You are going to meet new challenges, but I know that those challenges cannot overcome you. You know why? Because you have already beaten the biggest challenge by crossing the bridge today. Crossing over a bridge is difficult. Do you know how you managed to cross over the bridge from Kindergarten to First Grade? You kept your little light shining. You worked hard. You studied hard. Now, you are on the other side. Do you know how you will overcome? You will overcome by keeping your light shining. We have this old saying that "Do not forget the ancient landmark." Which means, do not forget what was done in the past to give you good result. I am telling you today, do not forget what you did to reach here. Do not forget to always work hard. Do not forget to always let your light shine.
Always have it in your minds to shine anywhere you go. Each of you...anywhere you find yourselves, always have it in your minds that you must shine. How do you shine? You shine by working hard. You shine by being attentive. You shine by doing things right. You shine by following instructions. You shine by working harder than everybody else around. There is this poem I performed in Kindergarten that says:
“If your work is hard to do
Try, try, try.
Do not sit down and cry
Or you ask the reason why
Time is going going
I still live by these words today. I urge you all to live by these words also. Always try, try ,try, no matter how hard it may be.
With this mindset, you will always do great things. I am going to use one big word...Determination. Always be determined to shine. You know, some 20 plus years ago, when I did my Valedictorian Speech, my topic was "Determination Determines Destiny". Never forget. Always tell yourselves that "This little light of mine, I'm determined that I am always going to let it shine."
Go into the world and shine...shine forever!!!
📷s by: Mr. Lekpele Nyamalon
@ Nyenoweh Eston Preporatory School