The London School of Management Education (LSME) held its annual Convocation and Prize-Giving Ceremony on 21st July 2015 at the auditorium in the West Building of the University of East London’s Docklands Campus.
Over two hundred people attended the Ceremony to witness the presentation of Diplomas and special Awards to the graduating Trainee Teachers.
The event was honoured by the presence of His Excellency Mr Lazarus Amayo, High Commissioner of the Republic of Kenya; His Excellency Mr Hassan Shifau, High Commissioner of the Republic of Maldives; Mrs Margaret Lesuuda, Education Attaché at the High Commission of the Republic of Kenya; and Professor Stephen McKinney, Professor of Education, University of Glasgow.
In his keynote address, H.E. Mr. Lazarus Amayo congratulated the graduating students for their achievement and revealed, to everyone’s delight, that he too started his career as a teacher. He extolled the virtues of teaching as he recalled some of his earlier experiences. He also praised the efforts of the academic staff and management of LSME for being hugely instrumental in guiding and molding the newly qualified teachers.
H.E. Mr. Hassan Shifau reiterated the importance of perseverance and hard work and commended the directors of the institution for their astounding and relentless efforts.
Professor Stephen McKinney pointed out that, “LSME declares that its aim is transforming people with skills. What a wonderful aim – not changing people, but something more radical – transforming people, and transforming them with skills acquired through formal learning and education”. He stated that it is important to remember that while the teacher is being transformed by these skills and their life-long journey of learning and professional development, the teacher will also be transforming others. This is a great responsibility, but it is also a great privilege and will be source of great joy and personal and professional satisfaction for those receiving Diplomas today.
The successful student teachers were conferred with their Teaching Diplomas. Special Awards were presented to outstanding graduates in recognition of their individual accomplishments throughout their study period.
Prizes were also awarded to exemplary continuing students who had completed their first year of study in Health and Social Care, Business Management, and Teacher Training.
The overall Best Student of the Year Award was presented to Mr Ramzan Rasheed Mohammed Kande Gedara for commitment, self-motivation, excellent attendance and academic progress, excellent engagement with staff and students, volunteering for College activities, and being a constant source of encouragement to his peers. In his appreciation, Mr Gedara indicated that the recognition has reinforced his belief that hard work is rewarding and has inspired him to strive for excellence in future endeavours. He added that the convocation ceremony clearly proves that LSME is an institution that cares and appreciates the value of education and he feels empowered to join the noble profession of teaching.
An outdoor reception and photography session was held after the Convocation in the courtyard next to the auditorium. The atmosphere presented a unique opportunity for guests, graduates and students to interact with the dignitaries and the academic staff.
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