Aspiring Teachers Urged To Embrace Mentorship in Pursuit of Greatness
More than 100 graduates of University of The Bahamas (UB) were commissioned as teachers at a special ceremony held at the Kendal G. L. Isaacs Gymnasium on Tuesday, 22ndMay. Having successfully completed various academic programmes, the Education graduates were highly motivated to enter the profession and help shape the minds of the next generation of Bahamian citizens.
During the Spring 2018 Teachers Commissioning Ceremony, a staple on the UB Commencement calendar, graduating seniors were charged to move “Forward Together in Pursuit of Greatness”, this year’s theme.
Provost Dr. Linda Davis urged them to carefully consider how they will strive for greatness.
“How will you pursue greatness both individually and collectively? What will be your legacy?” she asked. “Recognize, appreciate and honour that yours is a privilege that you must handle with care…reflect upon and take seriously the difference you make and can make in your classroom and beyond the reach of your classroom.”
Graduands were reminded of the importance of the teaching profession and the gravity of their aspiring roles as educators.
Explaining the significance of the Teachers Commissioning Ceremony, Assistant Professor Mrs. Neresa Bandelier noted, “We give each of you the authority to do what you have been strategically prepared to do – teach.”
Guest Speaker Shaquille Sands ’15, an educator at C. V. Bethel High School, emphasized the importance of teamwork and collaboration.
“In order for us to pursue greatness quickly, mentorship is imperative,” she noted. “Find that seasoned teacher in your school who can guide you….Ensure that the mentor you select is not cynical and has not allowed the system to usurp their optimism.”
She added that experience is just as important as attitude when selecting a mentor. “I admonish you to find a mentor that is positive, open-minded, proficient and is an experienced teacher to guide you.”
She said mentorship must be reciprocal and as they are mentored, they too must serve as mentors.
Faculty members in Education symbolically pinned the graduands who pledged to “promote equity in education, high expectations and give strong support to all students; create learning environments that will encourage mutual respect…and uphold the principles and standards of this noble profession.”
6806 – Mrs. Racine Poitier, B.Ed. Secondary Certification: Family and Consumer Science presents Ms. Shaquille Sands with a token of gratitude.
6783 & 6784 – UB graduands commit to upholding the standards of the noble professional during the teacher’s pledge.
6721, 6679 & 6677 – Education faculty members ceremoniously pin the graduates, symbolic of their entry into the fraternity of educators.
6515 – UB Provost Dr. Linda Davis addresses the graduands.
6642 – Ms. Shaquille Sands, 2015 Alumna delivers an inspiring address to the Education graduates.
6427 – During the procession, students walk in with pride for the momentous occasion.
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