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Head held high

The Skillz International Graduation Ceremony was held at the BMICH, Colombo., recently. Twenty-three graduates were conferred with the City and Guilds Advanced Diploma in Teaching Training and Assessing Learning. Ten students from Royal College, a student from Museus College and a student from Vishaka Vidyalaya were awarded certificates on completing of the Young Leadership Development Programme.

The graduates consisted of professionals in Hospitality, Media, Banking & Finance, Trainers, and Entrepreneurs. The Chief Guest at the event was Dean, Faculty of Defence and Strategic Studies, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Colonel Sylvester Perera.

City and Guilds representatives Hifaz Ashroff, Head of Sales and Partnerships of South Asia, at City & Guilds, Anton Thevathasan, Head of Quality Assurance, faculty members, young leaders, and family members graced this milestone event.

The National Anthem was sung by everyone when the ceremony commenced. Then the traditional oil lamp lighting event was held with the participation of the Chief Guest, Colonel Sylvester Perera, Head of Sales and Partnerships of City and Guilds South Asia, Head of Quality Assurance, the Invigilator Sutharshan, Member of Faculty, Huzaifa Farook on behalf of the graduates and Yasitha Adikaramge on behalf of the Young Leaders. Two minutes silence was observed in remembrance of those who have passed away.

Delivering the keynote speech, Colonel Sylvester Perera congratulated the graduates for their achievement. He spoke about leadership. In the Army leadership is principally about the performance. It is a business of applying professional skills, knowledge and ability to inspire people to give of their best to get things done. The impact will come the hard way with practice and experience.

Shenal de Silva, Ravindra Witharane, Sumedha Mirihana, Huzaifa Farook, Sanuja De Silva, Parakrama Jayatissa, Samanthi Peiris, Mohan Gamage and Moditha Sendanayake were among the graduates. Anukh Pathirana, Uthum Weerasinghe, Thinodh Ekanayake, Senul Liyanage, Ranithu Karunanayake, Ronal Weerakkody, Yasitha Adikaramge, Menula Chandrasekara, Nisuli Chandrasekara, Manuja Gunawardana, Chanuki Gunawardana and Nethaka Piyanandana were the recipients of certificates of the Young Leadership Development Programme.