ABE celebrates achievement at the Cameroon Graduation Ceremony
ABE's international marketing director, Kate Winter, reflects on a wonderful celebration of achievement at the Cameroon Graduation Ceremony.
Our graduation in Cameroon took place at the university St Jerome in Douala on a sunny September day. There was a great sense of excitement in the air as the graduants started to gather for the ceremony. Everybody looked extremely smart in their suits, dresses and gowns. We were delighted to welcome the British High Commissioner Mr Brian Olley, Mr Molem Sama from the University of Buea, and Dr Jumbo Eleazor from the University of Bameenda. We were also delighted that Mr Ernest Singe and Dr Mr Simon Amboume from the PK Focam Insistute of Excellence, and Mr Yves Espangue from Amsco, were able to attend. As soon as the graduants had taken their places, all the dignitaries were ushered into their places and the proceedings began.
I was first up onto the stage. After acknowledging our VIPs I turned my attention to the students and their friends and families. I invited everyone to celebrate their teachers, sponsors and families in their support roles for the students. Then I talked to the students about their achievement and I asked them not to be afraid when things don’t go according to plan. I said that it was when times were tough that we discover our true selves. I advised them to believe in themselves and to go on learning throughout their lives.
Next on stage was Anthony Atagamen, ABE’s regional manager for West Africa. He talked to the audience about the international validity of ABE certificates. Mariane Talla was next up and she talked about ABE in Cameroon. Then the British High Commissioner talked about why it was important to become educated and to be alert to opportunity.
It was then time to welcome the students onto the stage to receive their certificates. We celebrated the top paper award winners for their hard work. It is always a pleasure to meet the students. After long rounds of photographs it was time to get ready for our evening dinner at the Prince de Galles Hotel.
Everyone looked fabulous in their evening dress. As we ate dinner we were serenaded by a very talented local singer and we also had a magician and a painter to entertain the audience. It was a great opportunity to talk to the ABE graduates and students.
At the end of the day I came away feeling very inspired by the stories I had heard, and honoured to meet some of the most determined and hard working students. It was also lovely to spend time with my colleague Mariane Talla and her team who did such a good job in organising the day.