Dear Faculty, Family, Friends, Donors, and Villagers,
Welcome to the 1st Graduation Dinner Dance of Passport to College. Today is a great day to celebrate!!
It has only been four years and so much has happened, more than I could have ever imagined. What began as an act of faith, with not much thought and a lot more fears, has steadily blossomed into something wonderful-a movement. The PTC scholars as they are called, refer to it as “the PTC way.” They continue to set the bar high, support each other’s effort to touch it, and reach behind to ‘’pull up, not push down” at least one other aspiring, hopeful, and needy student that are like they were, having the aptitude but not the opportunity.
Yet, for all their doing, we know, we cannot and did not get here by ourselves. ‘Ubuntu’ is a word from the Buntu Language of South Africa. It is the principle by which Passport to College lives by. Nelson Mandela best defined Ubuntu as “human kindness,”- it embodies the ideas of connection, community, and mutual caring for all- “I am what I am because of who we all are.”
This year we come to celebrate the first graduates, the journey, and the villagers that has helped us along the way.
Our graduates of 2017, Orlando Watson, Sherlene Brown, Kareem Heslop, and Rashshana Blackwood has made very good use of the opportunities that has been afforded to them. We celebrate each of them and ask that you take comfort in the pleasant knowledge that you have played a vital part in their journey. We pray that they, like other PTC scholars behind them, will continue to keep this principle, this way of knowing, of being, at the forefront of every important decision they make.
For if they will carry out such a mission as promised, then we can rest assured that the families, churches, communities and untimely the world, will be a better place for generations to come.
You are a part of this movement. Stay close to us as we continue to grow.
With tremendous gratitude,