Graduation 2015: Contribute to Building Jamaica
Jamaica College 2015 graduates have been urged to continue to strive for excellence as they continue to prepare themselves to contribute to nation-building.
Well-known clergyman, the Rev. Dr Stevenson Samuels, told them on Sunday afternoon to keep on writing with their pen which represents power, potential, position, prestige and performance.
He told the graduates inside the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium on the school's Old Hope Road campus that they should press on with their writing as they seek to unlock their true potential. "Keep writing, keep fighting and you will achieve ... greater than what you see now," he told them.
But Rev. Dr Samuels reminded the JC graduates that they should not build their lives "purely on prestige as prestige comes and prestige goes". He implored them to always perform at their best in all their undertakings.
Principal Ruel Reid, in his charge, urged his graduating class to maintain good values, reminding them that values should drive "all your behaviours, do not therefore forget our core values of honesty, integrity, respect, excellence, discipline and spirituality".
Using a part of the school's motto "FERVET", Mr Reid charged them to focus on fulfilling their obligations, and their dreams; educate themselves to the highest level; help to rescue the less fortunate in society, help to empower those who are in need and give them hope; and always strive for excellence in whatever endeavour they pursue.
He added: "Encourage others to make excellence not just an act but a habit. Encourage people to engage in dialogue and peace not crime and violence. We don't all have to agree, but just let us get along. Talk it out, don't fight it out. Love your neighbour as yourself. Make your communities a better a place." He also told them that "time is important. Time lost can never be regained. Be on time for classes or work and every assignment or obligation. Make it a good habit for excellence must be a habit."
Valedictorian was Tajae Bruce who heaped praise on the school's administration and parents for their role in guiding their success. Several special prizes were presented, including the principal's award which went to Luke Reid for the most outstanding academic performance. He picked up prizes for additional mathematics, chemistry, technical drawing and physics. Kemal Dunkley received prizes for English Literature, social studies and human and social biology, while Andrew Thompson collected for geography and information technology.
The following boys graduated at the top of their class: Rashied Taylor (5A); Jermaine Stephenson (5B); Andrew Thompson (5C); Akeem Neil (5D); Shevaunie Senior (5E); Luke Reid (5F); Shevaughn Taylor (5G); and Steven Coward (5H).