GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS: A thanksgiving ceremony at HCLV

It is undeniable truth that every school takes great joy and pride in witnessing its students thrive and achieve academic success. With our unwavering commitment to offering a holistic education, Holy Cross stands proudly as a beacon of academic excellence, with an impeccable tradition of mentoring students to achieve great success in Uganda and beyond.

The atmosphere on Sunday 16th June 2024 at school was electric. It was another thanksgiving ceremony for our two beloved alumni: Dr. Idiobe Muwanika and Mr. Epau Emmanuel. At 29 years, Dr. Idiobe Muwanika graduated with a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State University in USA and now works with Boeing Company. Mr. Epau Emanuel also graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing at St. Edwards University in Austin Texas. They therefore decided to thank God, by bringing the celebration at the school which made them, this thus made the whole school buzz with anticipation and excitement for this long-awaited special event.

Rev. Fr. Arnold Jawiambe CSC, Alumnus of the school, leading Mass

At midmorning, the chapel was filled to capacity with excited students, teachers and honored guests. Holy mass immediately commenced, led by Rev. Fr. Arnold Jawiambe CSC, an alumnus of the school, who represented Rev. Fr. Peter Caxton Mayanja CSC, the Provincial Superior. The priest’s theme centered around the concept of growth and transformation. He emphasized how the students being honored that day started their academic odyssey while small, young and eager boys but through hard work and dedication, they evolved into strong and capable individuals worth celebrating. As the students exited the chapel and went for science fare, they were inspired by the humble but incredible journey of the graduates, giving them a sense of hope and possibility.

A press conference followed. The air was filled with anticipation as the media representatives engaged the school on their recent successes. The Head teacher underscored the school’s dedication to fostering science and innovation. Dr. Muwanika Idiobe, who had excelled in science fare during his time at Holy Cross, spoke passionately about how it had ignited his passion for science and guided him in shaping his career path. The onlookers gathered around the various innovations, making them marvel at the ingenuity and creativity portrayed by the young minds of Holy Cross. It was a festive mood as students, teachers and invited guests convened for dinner, where they enjoyed a wide array of dishes served and showcasing a strong spirit of gratitude and togetherness.

Watch full Press Conference.

Owekitibwa Ahmed Osman Noor, the Second Deputy Prime Minister of Busoga Kingdom had the esteemed honor of representing the Kyabazinga as the chief guest. Upon his arrival, he was warmly welcomed at the entrance by the staff, graduates and the smartly dressed scouts. This was followed by anthems and a guided tour of the school. He also visited the science fare where he praised the school for its perfect execution of the curriculum before he planted the memorial tree.

Owek. Ahmed Osman Noor, the Second Deputy Prime Minister of Busoga Kingdom

The occasion was graced by various distinguished guests. Key personalities included Mr. Wamika Christopher, the chairperson PTA, Mr. Kisambira Eria, the inspector of schools in Jinja district, former students currently studying in USA, parents of the graduates among others. The Kisoga traditional dance and the original compositions performed by the students in honor of the Chief Guest enthralled the audience, creating a sense of humor and relief.

While addressing the audience, the head teacher warmly welcomed all the guests. He commended the graduates for their hard work and dedication. He further extended encouraging remarks to the students, stressing the importance of discipline, hard work and perseverance in achieving their goals. He later invited the inspector of schools who applauded the school for prioritizing science and innovation and for its exemplary execution of the curriculum.

Taking the stage to deliver their speeches, Dr. Idiobe Muwanika and Mr. Epau Emmanuel delivered their heartfelt and inspiring speeches. With gratitude, they recounted their humble beginnings and shared how their sheer determination and the unwavering support of the school enabled them to score scholarships in prestigious universities in USA. Their inspiring stories of perseverance and resilience moved the hearts of the students, serving as a beacon of hope and testament of the power of education and hard work.

Watch Dr. Jdiobe and Emmanuel Epau interview here.

In Kyabazinga’s speech delivered by his representative, he congratulated the parents and the guardians of the graduates and thanked Holy Cross family for supporting children irrespective of their backgrounds. He further appealed to the management of the school to work with Busoga Kingdom in rekindling Busoga’s education glory since the Busoga region has for long been famous for being academic giants.
As the Thanksgiving ceremony came to the climax, the chief guest, along with the graduates, staff and other invited guests gathered to take commemorative photos which would forever serve as a reminder of the unity and gratitude shared on this special occasion.