Makassia Sesay is from
Liberia. She has been in Canada for eight years and has attended the
Pearson Adult Learning Centre for the last six years while working as
well. She is a hard-working, dedicated student. She has worked through
all of her courses with patience and perseverance. I have had the
privilege of being able to help Makassia as she worked her way through
her courses and towards her goal. Her next goal is to attend BCIT and
pursue being an ultrasound technician. I know that you will enjoy
reading what Makassia has to say.
Here is Makassia’s graduation speech:
morning ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for attending this
memorable day with us today. Your presence and that of everyone else is
I came to Pearson in 2006 after leaving high
school without graduating. It was tough in the beginning; I was down, I
did not get acquainted with the system at the beginning. I even wanted
to stop school. But with the support and the help of the
group of teachers here, I hung on and here I am. I started at the
lowest level of English and worked my way to English 12.
I was so delighted that I had finished and was ready to graduate, but
there came the bad news.
‘’You can’t graduate because you don’t have a grade 11 math,’’ said a
didn’t like math at all. Frustrated and stressed about the fact that it
will take me a few more years, I stopped school for a while, even
thought about quitting. Again!!
Maybe I am going to spend my
entire life working in a clothing store, I thought. That thought was
depressing. Those amazing teachers saw me down, picked me up, squeezed
me into their crazy schedules, and assisted me whenever they could. I
climbed my way from math 4 to pre-calculus 11.
I am today, with the other graduates, whom I wish all the best and I am
sure have their own stories and struggles behind their success as well.
I am telling my story in an attempt to reach out to those
students who might be going through the same ordeal as mine. I tell you
it might be stressful at times and you might want to walk away from
school and never come back. Keep your eyes on the goal, hang on a
little bit longer, seek the assistance of your teacher and you will
eventually have your graduation day. We did it, so can you.
has great teachers and they are ready to take your hand, with their
great enthusiasm, patience and positive attitude, they will get you
here. They are very helpful to their students, concerned and save no
effort for students. They are the ladders to this great success of ours
today. We are all smart, God willing, but without a great teacher or
someone to lead the way, even a smart student can get lost. We would
not be standing here today if it wasn’t for the assistance and support
of these fantastic teachers. Thank you.
Again we thank you all for sharing this joyful day with us.
well as her graduation diploma, we are very proud to present Makassia
with the Passport to Education. The Passport to Education is given by
the Ministry of Education of British Columbia. The Passport gives money
to be used for post-secondary education. Today, Makassia’s passport
dollars is for $500. The Passport money must be used within five years.
We know that Makassia will be using this towards her courses at BCIT
next year. I know that she will be successful with all of her future
endeavours. Congratulations Makassia.
Makassia also received
funds from the Sherri Hoeflicker Bursary. The Sherri Hoeflicker Bursary
is a bursary made by the teachers in memory of a great friend and
colleague at the Pearson Adult Learning Centre. The bursary was
presented to Makassia by Sherri’s mother and former Pearson ALC teacher
Helen Hoeflicker. The bursary is for $300 and is paid to a
The Pearson Adult Learning Centre is very proud of the graduates of
2012. We wish them all the best with their futures.