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Honorable Sikyong During the First Class XII Graduation Ceremony at Suja (Photo: Tibet.net)

10th April 2015: The honorable Sikyong, Dr. Lobsang Sangay la graced the graduation ceremony of the first class XII batch of TCV School Suja with his kind presence. The staff and students of the school gave a warm welcome to honorable Sikyong and the dignitaries with the school band. The grand function was held on the basketball ground. Present during the function were the Secretary of Department of Home, dignitaries from Kashag Office, the representatives Officers of nearby Tibetan settlements, monasteries, the Principals and Directors of nearby Tibetan Schools.

A large and beautiful graduation poster lay on one side where the 128 graduating students were seated. The main open stage in the middle of the basketball ground was adorned with a large size photo of His Holiness below which the honorable Sikyong and the other guests were seated. The staff and students of the school were seated on the floor surrounding the center open space which was created for the cultural performance.

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Honorable Sikyong with the Out-going 2015 Class XII and School Director and Principal (Photo: Tibet.net)

The function began with the Manjushree prayer followed by the welcome and introductory speech by the school Director Mr. Sonam Sichoe la. He presented before the honorable Sikyong and the guest the past and the current status of the school. He also spoke highly of the achievements of the school in almost every field including both academic and culture. Some of the other things he said were the good relationship among the staff members and the up gradation of the teaching facilities, health and sanitation etc.

DSC_0116-1A series of cultural programs soon followed starting with the recitation of two beautiful poems dedicated to the honorable Sikyong and the graduating class XII students. The poems were beautifully presented by the two students in their rich baritone and carried a very powerful message. A group of small children performed Himachali dance. The school staff band also presented few of their songs. The school Dance and Music group also presented some of their songs and dance.

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Cultural Presentation “Cholka Sum” Dance by the students (Photo : Principal )

The cultural program was followed by the speech from Miss Choekyi la, former school captain and the representative from the graduating class XII. Miss Choekyi la, who had begun her schooling from here and one of the many grown up from this school, first paid her greetings to all and then started speaking quite emotionally from the bottom of her heart without any rhetoric. The spontaneity, the eloquence and the sincerity in which she spoke wooed most of the audience. In her parting speech, she vehemently requested the students to be good students and not to discourage the staff members. For the staff members, she requested them not to get discouraged and give up their sincerity, dedication and loyalty.

After that, the honorable Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Singay la addressed the crowd by greeting the honorable guests and presenting his warm wishes to the out-going class XII students. He explained the repeated invitation by the school Principal and the reason why he had finally consented to be the chief guest for this special occasion. He said, “The purpose of our education is not just for our livelihood. The purpose is deeply rooted to our Tibetan cause. We can only challenge our enemy by using our education as a weapon”. In his speech, he spoke about the importance of education and fulfilling the wishes of the Tibetans in Tibet. For the graduating students, he warned them in advance the chances of misusing the first two years of college life thinking they were free birds. He advised them lovingly by giving examples of his own life in the Delhi University. He told them that the students have to spend at least 10 hours every day on their studies so that they can move shoulder to shoulder with the students of other countries. He expressed sadness over the inability to utilize the three reserved seats for the Medical line previous and the general inability of the Tibetan students to come up at par with other International students. Taking this opportunity, he also reminded the students the extra responsibility especially the Tibetans in exile have; particularly when it comes to the demographic data of the Tibetans and the Chinese. He said that each Tibetan has to face around 8000 Chinese! He said we don’t have to underestimate our small population. He encouraged everyone by taking an example of Singapore and the Jews. Lastly, he concluded his hour long talk by wishing the out-going students good luck for the Sikyong award and the college life; and the school for the wonderful cultural presentation. A big round of applause followed soon after.

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Staff band “Phunde Band” during Graduation Day in the presence of honorable Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay (Photo:Principal)

The morning program concluded with the vote of thanks speech from the school Principal Mr. Karma Sherab la. He thanked honorable Sikyong la and other guests for their presence on behalf of the staff and students. He also thanked all those who have extended their helping hand for making this graduation ceremony a grand success. For the out-going students, he reminded them to feel the gratitude, to be a good Tibetan and to feel the gratitude of His Holiness the Dalai Lama wherever they go.

A lunch was arranged for Sikyong and all the guests. After the lunch, the out-going class XII students posed with honorable Sikyong, who then left to attend two more programs in the locality. A friendly football match was arranged between the out-going students and the staff members in the afternoon. In the evening, a farewell dinner was arranged for the students and their teachers in the school hall. Both made the evening a memorable by sharing their feelings and songs. It was really All is well that ends well. The entire school wishes everyone good luck and hope for a colourful result.

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