The week-long celebration of the silver jubilee of St. Joseph’s College came to a grand finale on Saturday, exactly a year after it was inaugurated on October 31, 2009. Speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly Kiyanilie Peseyie, was the chief guest at the occasion.
The principal in his welcome address admitted that it was an unusually long celebration but added it had a purpose. Present on the occasion were Most Rev. Dominic Lumon, Archbishop of Imphal and Apostolic Administrator of Kohima, Chubainla Jamir, Director of Higher Education, former principals of St. Joseph’s College, including the founder Principal, Fr. Francis Vazhapilly, SJ. principals of colleges, and large gathering of well wishers.
To begin the celebration, the college choir rendered Handel’s Hallelujah.
In the jubilee messages the speakers emphasized the services the college has rendered to the people of Nagaland but in a special way to the village of Jakhama and the surrounding villages by providing higher education to a large number of youth from the area.
Fr. Francis Vazhapilly SJ who was the founder principal reminded the audience that there was no result without hard work and the college was a testimony to this maxim. The chief guest said that over the years, the college has emerged as one of the prominent institutions in the state of Nagaland and has been imparting quality education to the student community.
“Your relentless efforts to focus on values and the attempt to improve the quality of education have been demonstrated eloquently” he said.
He advised the student community to be disciplined, duty bound with determination and devotion to achieve success in life.
With music and dance, the college community celebrated the achievements of the past twenty five years.
Preceding the jubilee day were five days of celebrations, including a fete wherein the students gathered funds for a jubilee memorial to be set up for a worthy cause and the alumni day on which a large number of alumni spent a day with the college community.