Georgia community recognizes high school graduation

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In an attempt to celebrate high school graduation for the academic year 2012-13, resettled Bhutanese in Georgia organized an event at Atlanta School for Deaf, Clarkston, Georgia on June 1.

High school graduates
High school graduates

According to one of the members of the Bhutanese high school graduation celebration committee, BM Kaling, the event was aimed at establish the culture of celebrating high school graduation and educational information exchange within the community.

The program also saw cultural performances by the local Bhutanese artists, according to Khaling.

Another highlight of the event was a panel discussion. Various panelists including Yeshey Pelzom, a graduate from Agnes Scott College (Atlanta) and master’s degree holder from the King’s College (United Kingdom), Bill Gates Scholar Ram Siwakoti, a current student at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta presented their views during the event.

Lila Siwakoti, 2013 recipient of Gates Millennium Scholarship Program was specially  honored by the community
Lila Siwakoti, 2013 recipient of Gates Millennium Scholarship Program was specially  honored

According to Khaling, Pelzom spoke on realizing one’s potential to soar high academically and be what one wants to be which is possible in the United States.

Meanwhile, other speakers from different agencies inspired the young graduates with success stories of former refugees who came to the United States before the Bhutanese, informed Khaling.

The event was funded by the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta (Neighborhood Fund).