Convocation means ‘the act of calling together’ or ‘a large formal gathering of people’. That is what dictionary simply says.
But to every degree holder including me, it connotes much more than mere gathering of people.
The ‘Convocation Ceremonial Cap’ represents a symbol of ‘Triumph’ and ‘Award’ for one’s hard work, perspiration and dedication devoted in Schools and Colleges. It is the bumper harvest of whatever seeds that were sown all along the years of our education. Convocation is indeed a special and rare moment for all academicians to celebrate their achievements in symbolic ceremonial cap with pride and honour.
Though it is the individual academician who is ultimately conferred with the Honorary Degree upon graduation, yet there are many players involved in making impossible things possible which is truly the winning of the ceremonial Convocation Cap.
First is the Royal Govt for establishing educational infrastructure in the country. Next, our beloved Parent for admitting us in schools followed by noble Teachers in imparting precious knowledge. Finally it is us, the graduates, who now has to serve the Tsa-Wa-Sum (King, Govt and People) with loyalty and dedication in return for what all have been given.
The most befitting Convocation Ceremony (for graduates of the eight Institutes of Bhutan) being held in YDF hall, Thimphu today the 15th July, 2011 thus reminds me of the past historic occasion when I along with 38 other graduates of Sherubtse College were conferred with Degree Certificates with the same symbolic ‘Convocation Cap’ way back in May 1987 in honour of graduating ourselves as the first graduate from premier College in Bhutan.
Just as May 1987 was a special and grand month for us, Today - the 15th July, 2011 is also a very special and significant day for all of the graduates attending the ceremony.
Thus in commemoration of the past historic and prestigious convocation event (which is only a memory now) I join with each and every one of the graduates in celebrating the precious convocation ceremony that is being held today in Thimphu.
To All Graduates – while I wish you heartiest Congratulations and Tashi Delek, you are now the Heroes and Heroines of Palden Drukpa and I am proud of all of you.