ABOUT 300 students of Bhawani Dayal Arya College took part in their first passing out parade at Nakasi yesterday.
The third, fourth and fifth formers made history as they showcased drill skills and military discipline during the parade.
Commissioner Central Lieutenant Colonel Laisenia Tuitubou, during his address, told the students not to lose their sense of direction and to always be committed to learning.
Lt-Col Tuitubou said students would be called upon to make a lot of sacrifices and their commitment, dedication and sacrifices would see them through.
"To some of you, today may be the end of your formal education and tomorrow you will no longer have the protective walls of Bhawani Dayal Arya College and its teaching staff surrounding you," he said.
"You will have to take your place in the greater world, the world of employment with all its pressures and demands.
"The gist of what I am saying is that it is today that you are shaping your tomorrow.
"It is today that we as people, as a nation are shaping the tomorrow of this country, so let us therefore direct our efforts at those things that bind us as people, as a nation rather than emphasising the things that separate us," Lt-Col Tuitubou said.
The Baton of Honour prize went to fifth former Sarvesh Sanjay Prasad.
"I never expected to win the prize but I am thankful I was given this opportunity, especially this being the first year for the school to take up military training," Mr Prasad said.
"Training was hard but we had to put in a lot of effort and make a lot of sacrifices in order for the cadet pass out to be successful," he stated.