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St. Xavier’s College Mapusa organised a grand farewell function for the final year students on 5th April 2019 at St. Xavier’s Ark. In an emotionally surcharged atmosphere, the students, staff and management of the College bid adieu to the final year students. The Eucharistic theme for the day was “Go forth enriched, spread the light to the world”. The function began at 9:15 am with the Eucharistic mass. The main celebrant was Rev. (Dr.) Bolmax Pereira, Parochial administrator of our lady of Remediuos Church Nerul and the con-celebrant were Principal Rev. Fr. (Dr.) JeronimoD’Silva, Administrator Rev. Fr. Zeferino D’Souza, Fr. Ramiro Luis and Fr. Luis Gomes. In his preaching Fr. (Dr.) Bolmax Pereira focussed on spreading the light of knowledge that the students received from the Institute to the world wherever they choose to go. He told the students to be what you wish to become, have your own views about society and do not allow someone else to control your thoughts. He reminded outgoing students that it is now the time to be wise and choose what is best for them which will make them happy and the world too. He also stressed on the statement that, “one cannot give something if they do not posses”. He urged the students to be the light of the world and let each candle represents their ability. Before the final blessings the candle light march was held for the outgoing students with Principal Fr. (Dr.) JeronimoD’Silva leading the candle lighting ceremony. Refreshments for students & staff were arranged.
This was followed by cultural event. Fr. Zeferino D’Souza Administrator of St. Xavier’s college welcomed the outgoing students and all the dignitaries for the function.
Principal Fr. (Dr.) Jeronimo D’Silva in his address thanked the T.Y. students for the extra mile work they did towards the college. They have contributed enormously to this college in the last three years by helping the staff, organizing committee and other members of the college. He asked them to carry forward the light that they received through education in this Institute. He also mentioned that the portals of St. Xavier’s College were always open to them forever and they are welcome. Later a video clip for students was played in which all the memories of students were recalled. The cultural secretary Mr. Aryton Menezes expressed his thankfulness and best wishes to the outgoing students. On behalf of students Miss Roshiel Faria of TY BA expressed her views and experiences about the college. She thanked the college team and asked her colleagues to live their life the way they wish to live.
This was followed by a group song“ Season in the sun”presented by the Post Graduate students. On behalf of teaching staff Dr. Oscar De Melo of Department of Commerce delivered words of wisdom to the outgoing students. He said that now is the real commencement of education for them as they are now going out of the classroom lectures and will be facing the real world. It’s time for the students to identify question and answer them by themselves. He asked students to reach their greatest and also mentioned that the greatness is not for the chosen few but it is for all. He gave five rules to achieve greatness.
- Growth means the end of comfort zone. We all are created to fly and have every potential to achieve it. But we tend to cling to our comfort zone and remain undiscovered. We should neither aim too high nor fix it too low.
- To be ambitious. For this you need to be surrounded by ambitious people.
- Be a man with principles of value. It is important to know how well we serve rather than how many you serve.
- Reach for greatness. He asked students to raise their standards, be committed and consistent in their performance. He asked then to follow rituals by waking up early in the morning, reading at least 12 books in a year and move with winners or champions.
- Pray to reach to the top and remember that pushing is in your hands and to move is not in your hands.
He motivated students by sharing his own experience in life and wished them good luck.
This was followed by a group song “If I see you again” performed by undergraduate students.
The best library awards were presented to two final year students Miss. Priya Joshi of TY BA and Mr Leo D’Souza of TY B Sc. Miss Shasha D’Souza presented a melodious song “Never Enough”.. Thus, an environment of enthusiasm was experienced by every student and a memorable event came to end with the college anthem sung by all.