How do you describe 6 months’ worth of intense classes, gruelling internships and observations, close bonds forged through shared experiences and memories etched into minds forever? With just one word: Convocation.
On the 23rd of July 2010, the 3EP batches of 2009-10 held its convocation, where 29 trainees officially graduated to become full-time teachers in schools all over Gurgaon and Delhi. This day represented a culmination of the blood, sweat and tears that were shed by both the trainees and the Ma’ams alike over the past year.
Even before the programme started, the excitement in the air was palpable as the trainees and Ma’ams scurried around with an air of importance, adding more decorations to the walkway, organizing the project files on display and checking to make sure the lights and sound functioned properly amongst many other last-minute issues. Everyone was decked out in pristinely-pressed sarees and immaculately-done hair… The myriad of colours was a sight to behold in itself!
The shukla provided a haunting and poignant start to the Convocation ceremony and the lighting of the diya created a warm and surreal picture-perfect scene.
The happiness felt in the hearts of our graduating trainees was apparent when their faces radiated with joy as they presented their raps and songs. The fondness for their batchmates and Ma’ams became clear as they recollected meaningful anecdotes to the captive audience. Indeed ladies, you came, you joined and our hearts you most definitely conquered.
The graduating trainees’ hearts must have swelled up with so much pride and elation as the Tikka ceremony went underway. They were also presented an angavastram and certificate by Guest Speaker, Ms. Venita Kaul and Dr. Reddy, Director of the SRF Foundation, respectively. To finally reap the fruition of all their efforts must have been a terrific and indescribable feeling!
The message by Ms. Kaul served as a timely reminder to our graduating trainees (and even others like me in the audience) to always give our children a voice, and that we, as adults, have to respect that voice, no matter how small. We must always accept our children for who they are, appreciate that each child is unique in his or her own right, and accordingly, show affection in encouraging ways.
A hush fell over the audience as the tea lights were handed over from the previous batch to our graduating trainees. This symbolic gesture of passing on the mantle was made all the more striking as the candle flames danced gently to the soothing music played in the background. The camaraderie and bonds formed during the course of the 3EP were evident as these ‘sisters’ shared this special moment together.
Now that Convocation is over, the graduating batch of trainees is poised to embark on a whole new journey, with its own set of ups and downs. Sure, there will be unexpected obstacles along the way, there will be seemingly insurmountable difficulties, but just remember one thing: hold fast to your love of teaching and children, and find joy and energy in your interaction with your beloved young ones. Regardless of whatever endeavours you undertake in the future, here’s wishing you all the very best! May you keep the lessons learnt and the friendships formed through 3EP close to your heart always.