Queen’s College Principal Urges Graduating Class To Explore, Extend Frontiers Of Knowledge

Principal (middle) with some of the graduating students at the valedictory service

The Director/ Principal, Queen’s College Lagos, Dr (Mrs) Tokunbo Yakubu-Onyinloye, has urged the 2022 set of graduating students, to go and explore, come up with new innovations, break new grounds and extend the frontiers of knowledge in the various sectors of the country’s economy.

The principal was speaking at the Valedictory Service of the 2022 set of graduands of the college on Saturday, Aug. 13, in Lagos.

According to her, the students have been equipped not just academically, but with character and skills, that will engender personal and national development.

She added that there were students who have undergone training on how to develop their potential and already have skills that they could use as entrepreneurs.

She added that the college believed in all-around development, hence some of the students had the capacity to be employers of labour when they go into the larger space.

“Today, I must say that I am elated. I feel very happy that we are sending forth another batch of queens into the larger society. This is the fourth batch of graduating students under my watch. We have a total of 499 of them that are being released to the world to do great exploit.

“These are the ones we have termed as ‘Precious Gem’ You know as a precious gem, wherever they are, they stand out; they sparkle and shine and so we expect that as they go out, they should sparkle, shine and add value.

“As we have kept saying, we believe that even though as girls, they must not allow anybody to look down on them. They must strive to reach whatever height they want to because they have the capacity and potential to go places.

“They can get to the moon, get to anywhere, as God has endowed them with so many things and we know that precious gems are normally formed through pressure and various types of other things,” she stayed.

The principal noted that the students had gone through pressure while in school and had come out tested and tried, noting that the students had conquered and come out successfully.

According to her, some of the students who scored 300 and above at the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) by JAMB, were honoured with plaques for excellent performance.

She added that of the 14 students who scored 300 and above, had 6As and 2 B’s in the just released West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) by WAEC.

Yakubu-Onyinloye added that the students had generally been given parting words and that the college was of the belief that those parting words would go with them and make them ‘movers and shakers of Nigeria and beyond.

“We, therefore, believe that they will come up with new innovations, break new grounds that will take this country to greater heights.

“We want to thank the Federal Ministry of Education for providing the enabling environment and the tools for us to mould these students. The Minister of Education, the Director, Basic and Secondary Education (DBSE).

“We also want to commend all the teachers for the good work they are doing. Like I said before, I have told you students too, to appreciate your parents who sent you to a great school like this, because they believe that education is the best legacy they can give the children.

“They should also pray for their teachers too because it is not easy teaching someone else’s child. In this school, we have over 3,000 students but by the grace of God, who has been merciful, and faithful, has helped us.

“For the past two years, this is the first time we are allowing parents to grace occasion such as this, due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and even though we gave access to the few that came around, we also refused any form of gathering. No mounting of canopies on the college ground,” she stated.

She added that the college was still observing the COVID-19 protocols, especially with the current outbreak of Monkeypox in society and the fact that the coronavirus pandemic was not totally gone.

The principal then admonished the students not to fear, be focused, determined and self-discipline should be the name of the game.

“Now, there will be no teachers to run after them, no chiming of bells and others, but they should have learnt enough here to be able to discipline themselves, do the right thing, with the fear of God, as the fear of God is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom.

“We have moulded and groomed them and now we commit them into the hands of the Most High God, for Him to lead and guide them,” Yakubu-Onyinloye prayed.

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