LOWER MARGIBI COUNTY, LIBERIA-President George Weah has called on the 18th Graduating Class of the United Methodist University (UMU) to be humbled, respectful and hardworking as they embark on a new journey into the world.
President Weah said:” The education acquired will be worthless, if the graduates refused to humble themselves in pursuit of their dreams.”
The UMU 18TH Commencement Speaker told the graduates to maximize knowledge acquired to positively impact society.
He encouraged the graduates to always exhibit exceptional outputs that reflect the positive of the UMU.
The Liberian Leader also presented over four-hundred-thousand United States Dollars to the UMU Administration towards fees for the graduates.
He thanked the UMU Administration for complementing Government’s effort, by helping to mentor scores of Liberians over the years.
President George Weah further urged the UMU Authorities to keep watch of the graduates as they walk out, adding that doing so will help guide them do the right things.
Speaking also, UMU Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rev. Dr. Anthony Dioh, noted that the candidates satisfactorily fulfilled all requirements and exercises prescribed by the university.
For his part, the President of the UMU, Rev. Dr.Yah-Gonway Gono, urged the graduates to be ‘Light to the World’, as they take another step into the academic world.
Dr. Gono said:” The University has adequately prepared and equipped the graduates to be models for others in the society.”
She charged the graduates to emulate other alumni who are making the institution proud by the way they perform at their jobs in and outside Liberia.
Dr. Gono further encouraged the graduates to never give up, no matter how tough the journey becomes, cautioning them to be the “UMU” in a positive way in every little corner they are assigned.
The UMU vested the graduates with their hoods, conferred the degrees and cautioned them to only do things which appertain to their respective disciplines.
President George Weah was also conferred the Degree of Doctor of Humanities (HD), Honoris Causa, with all the rights and privileges appertaining thereto.
The UMU Authorities, among other things, described President Weah as a beckon of hope for many Liberians, having retired from football, enter politics and emerged as a leader.
The United Methodist University graduated over one-thousand-three-hundred candidates of its nine colleges and graduate school.
The program was held at the institution’s newly dedicated pavilion in Doemah Town, along the Roberts International Airport Highway, in Lower Margibi County.
By: Naway Gumeh