Graduation Day 2021
23 January 2021 will remain a red-letter day in the annals of NPSI Chennai. The first ever virtual graduation ceremony was organised for the third cohort of students graduating from the school. Every effort was made to offer students and parents an experience of a live ceremony. A special backdrop and stage was set up in school to recognise the event and all videos was recorded against this décor.
The programme began with the MC welcoming all the dignitaries including the chief guest for the evening, Professor Annapurni Subramaniam, Director, Indian Institute of Astrophysics. Lamps were light and an invocation was rendered by the teachers to invoke the blessings of the almighty. Prof Annapurni delivered her convocation address speaking about key values one needs to attain success and gave her best wishes.
Parents spoke about their experience with NPSI Chennai and shared words of advice. All the graduating students had their moment under the limelight, sharing their memories from their school days. All the senior teachers recorded their individual wishes to all the children, from wishing them the best for the future to offering them some advice and reminiscing their experiences with these students.
A range of cultural performances were organised for the audience. From a bharatnatyam performance ‘Shiva Thudi’ to the folk dance Kolaattam and a unique art music collaboration, these performances added glitter to the momentous evening.
The School Prefect Aditya H Iyer led the school pledge which was followed by the school song. The Principal Mrs Sudha Balan gave the declaration address and wished them luck, resilience and happiness for the future.
The live event was followed by an informal interaction between the students, teachers and the chief guest. The children asked Professor Annapurni several questions on the future of astrophysics, research in India and abroad and the chief guest answered all these queries with much gusto.
The evening was momentous and gave everyone several moments of reminiscence, joy and even some happy tears.