Premiere Academy in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja has rolled out the drums in celebration of 80 students, who recently graduated from the prestigious school.
The colourful 12th Graduation ceremony held at the school hall on October 6, featured addresses from the school management, parents, representatives of the students as well as a renowned scholar and President of the American University of Nigeria, Dr. Margee Ensign, who was the Guest Speaker.
The event was a memorable day that saw commendations pour on the 80 young learners for their dedication to studies, hard work, commitment to excellence and good conduct throughout their years of being students of the institution.
Speakers also gave words of advice to the outgoing students about the future, the prospects and challenges ahead of them and how they could cope, attain higher academic heights and become better individuals in life.
In his welcome speech, the Principal of Premiere Academy, Mr. John Ogungbenro, said the school was proud of the outgoing students for being found worthy in both character and learning, urging them to continue to be good ambassadors of the school anywhere they may be.
He said the school since it was founded on October 15, 2005 as a centre of excellence and dignity, has remained consistently committed to its vision of raising excellent and quality future leaders, who are well guided and shaped by the standards of critical thinking, high achievements, ethical principles and discipline.
‘‘Premiere Academy was founded on 15th October 2005, with the sole aim of building leaders right from high school, who will grow to impact the world positively. We remain focused and committed to this ideal, not only in terms of pursuing excellence in learning but in all facets of our undertakings. And we assure our students, parents, prospective students and our stakeholders that our number one commitment remains making our school the number one choice good place to live and learn,’’ Ogungbenro stated.
Reeling out a long list of accomplishments of the school over the past 16 years, the school principal revealed that from the graduation of its first set of students in 2010 and enrolment of students for public examinations, Premiere Academy has been at the forefront of academic excellence.
According to him, the school emerged Third Best School in the National Examinations Council (NECO) 2014; Second Best Candidate in the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in 2015; and Best School in the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) across West African subregion in 2020.
Ogungbenro further said as at October 2020, no fewer than 71 graduates of Premiere Academy finished in first class grades across various disciples at different universities both in Nigeria and overseas.
The Guest Speaker, Dr. Margee Ensign, who spoke on lifelong learning , charged the students to always value knowledge, saying to them that they should “Distinguish between what is real and what is fake. Evaluate information and transform it into knowledge”
Dr. Ensign added that “The world is changing and connected and if you understand the change we can help change the environment to create a more sustainable future. The world is changing and we must all be life-long learners. Knowledge changes quickly. Knowledge will keep changing, there is no pause button. Your generation will decide where Nigeria will be in the next 21 years.
The education you have received at Premiere Academy has given you an outstanding foundation. The world needs your creativity and hard work; Nigeria’s future is in your hands”.
Miss. Omeiza Hannah Ozavize, who emerged the overall best graduating student in her set, encouraged her fellow students to take on the world and make an impact in it, while mentioning that she will miss them dearly.
Other highpoints of the 12th graduation ceremony included presentation of awards/prizes to best students in various subjects and those that served the school in various capacities such as school prefects and those that won accolades for the schools during competitions.
Premiere Academy is a top boarding secondary school in Abuja with an excellent set-up, and is a secondary school where personal development, community service, teamwork and leadership skills are honed in students.
The school runs a British-Nigerian curriculum built on the best global standards, and provides students with a well-rounded academic experience comparable to any citadel of learning anywhere in the world.
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