Some 2154 students from the four main departments of the Gambia College namely School of Education, Nursery and Midwifery, Agriculture and Public Health graduated at a glamorous ceremony on Saturday presided over by the Vice President Fatoumata Jallow Tambajang.
The graduation was for the 2017 class and it was characterized by the traditional presentation of certificates and awards to the graduands as well as speeches by the Principal and guest speaker.
Speaking at the ceremony the Principal, Aboubacar Jallow welcomed and thanked the Vice President for attending the ceremony, describing her presence as an expression of interest by the government in the college at the highest level.
Mr Jallow also congratulated the granduands and all members of staff who worked hard in the education of the students.
The principal highlighted the many constraints facing the college such as an acute shortage of transport, urgent need for infrastructural adjustment system such as the fencing of part of the college campus, among many others. At this point, the Principal called on the government and philanthropists not o neglect the college which he said has a long tradition for educating Gambians.
The chairman of the council Ebrahim TAS Dondeh, spoke at length about the huge tasks undertaken by the college and its staff to maintain the institution as the standard setters in Gambian education. The chief speaker Ebrima O Camara, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MOFA, advised the student against the back way syndrome, the need for decency on social media among other things.
The Minster for Higher Education Badara Joof announced a scholarship for the best graduands from the four schools tenable at the University of The Gambia. The ceremony was attended by staff and volunteers of the college as well as many parents and families of the graduands.