On Fuburary 8, 2020, over 300 students matriculated at the Canadian College of Modern Technology (CCMT) in Mile 91, Sierra Leone. At CCMT, matriculation is a ceremony that marks the formal entry of all new students to the college to mark the beginning of their college education.
One by one, the Registrar, Mr. Adam Goguen, presented the students to the Acting Principal, Mr. Jacob Conteh, to take the college oath. The already excited students recited the oath and expressed their desire and willingness to observe CCMT traditions.
After administering the oath to the students, the Acting Principal challenged the students to never quit, saying that he has traveled around the world, but has never seen a monument built for quitters. The students then marched majestically to the tune of the song “I am the Greatest,” while their parents and supporters burst out in euphoria as they took hundreds of pictures.
The keynote speaker, honorable member of parliament, Aaron Koroma of Constituency 48, delivered an inspiring speech in which he challenged students to make education their pillar stone if they want to succeed in this competitive economy. The member of parliament praised CCMT Founder and CEO, Mr. Muckson Sesay, for his vision, initiative, and leadership in providing quality education to hundreds of young Sierra Leoneans from all parts of the country. To show his support for the students, the honorable member donated one million Leones to the newly formed student union at the college.
Following a speech from the Student Union President, Bailor Bah, and songs from a selected group from the college, Badira Gibril Sesay, granddaughter of the famous Muslim cleric, Sheik Gibril Sesay, and daughter of NEC Commissioner for the Northern Region, Mr. Macsood Gibril Sesay, gave the vote of thanks.
During the ceremony, one parent, Mrs. Mariama Kargbo, expressed her admiration for the many achievements of CCMT and its focus on promoting student success in its short time of operation. She added that “I am very pleased that I made the best choice for my daughter to come to CCMT because from what I have seen here today, this is the right place for me daughter.”
The Regent Chief of Yoni Mabanta, Chief Kaparr Sanka, stated that what he witnessed at the matriculation ceremony reinforces his belief, buttressed by His Excellency, Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio, President of Sierra Leone, who during his visit in November 2019, declared CCMT as a one-of-a-kind technology college in the country.
For hundreds of students, the CCMT motto, “A place where careers begin,” became a reality. Their careers have just begun.