Egbe Omo Yoruba Greater New York chapter of Egbe Omo Yoruba North America, a non-profit, non-partisan and non-religious organization under the dynamic leadership of President Mrs.Buki Otegbade and Vice-President Dr. Moses Mabayoje, organized 2012 Graduation Award Ceremony for distinguished Yoruba sons and daughters who graduated from high school and college on July 21st, 2012 at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Queens New York to inspire the other students to graduate and also plan for a bright future.
The theme of this year`s ceremony is "Education is still the key to open almost every door" There were many students who graduated with honors such as Rilwan Olawale Amen who earned six distinguished awards during his graduation at State University of New York(SUNY); Abibat Sadiq who was her school`s (Frederick Douglas Academy 111 High School) salutarian and Vice President of the Student Government; Jubril Kayode Ameen who will be studying Business Administration at Queensborough College of City University of New York; Roxanne Ahmed who will be studying Law at Brunel University in Great Britain next term and others.
The Keynote speaker was Mr. Kunle Omotosho who inspired the students to be like a "thermostat" who influences his or her society positively instead of being a "thermometer" who is just there to be read. Brooklyn Borough President Martyr Markowitz provided some award certificates to honor the graduates and New York City Department of Youth and Community Development provided free educational gifts to the graduates and children to support our innovative program. The special guests were Alhaja Monsurat Bankole, Deaconess Yemi Fawaz, Mr Olaolu Akande, Pastor Wale Ogun, Mr. Lanre Otegbade, Pastor Dupeola Ajayi sent a representative; and other parents and guardians who believe in education.The president Mrs. Buki Otegbade, in her presidential speech,spoke on her plans to move the association forward with innovative programs like this year`s Graduation award ceremony.
In her vote of thanks speech, Princess Olutosin Mustapha who was the chairperson of 2012 Graduation Award Committee encouraged everybody to be supporting the youth so that they can actualize their dreams of completing their education and be successful in life. She said, "Education is very important and we all know it is still the key to open almost every door of opportunity for everybody in our society." See some pictures below by following the link on facebook.
The writer of this article, Princess Olutosin Mustapha, is the Assistant Social Secretary of Egbe Omo Yoruba Greater New York chapter and the chairperson of 2012 Graduation Award Committee