Pathways 6th Annual Graduation was held on Wednesday, June 1st at the Victoria Park Pavilion. With approximately 200 people in attendance, the night celebrated the many achievements and accomplishments of this year’s 124 graduates. The highlight of the night was when each graduate took the stage to share their future plans and receive their Pathways diploma!
During his congratulatory address to the students on behalf of the volunteers, Bharat Patel shared the following heartfelt message about why he volunteers:
“I think the most frequent question students ask me, other than ‘Can you help me with my homework?’ is ‘Why do you volunteer?’ So much of the answer is the feeling I have right here, right now. Why do I volunteer? To walk alongside incredible students as they march toward their future. Why do I volunteer? To see them blossom into stand-up contributors to society. Why do I volunteer? To slowly chip away at students’ outer guards, and get to know more about them as people. Why do I volunteer? Because what I get back from it is priceless. You may think all this great help with your homework is an incredibly valuable gift. In truth the irreplaceable gift is watching you achieve what you truly thought was impossible, and even more.”
As the evening drew to a close, two of our graduates shared these inspirational messages with their peers:
“Of course, I’m still learning and I’m definitely not perfect. Don’t forget that. All of us are still learning. It takes time. University. College. The workplace. Whichever path we follow, we can be sure that it will get hectic, it will get busy, and it will get stressful; but if we seek out a support system and use the right strategies, we can get through it all!”
“We have all worked to reach this point, however, let’s not pretend that this is the end. The hard work really begins now. Some of the most challenging yet rewarding times still await us. Let us take our youthful exuberance and use it to accomplish great things. The key to a better future lies within us and let us not take that responsibility lightly.”