– Urges Diversity
By F. Momolu Dorley
Liberian student Zubah K. Yennego on Thursaday delivered a glowing speech on behalf of the 2017 Master’s graduating class of Linnaeus University. In an era of ultranationalism and populism, Mr. Yennego urged fellow graduates to embrace diversity.
“As we graduate today, our challenge now is to use our education in any position of trust to help change society for the better. I cannot help but emphasize that selflessness is essential to solving the many challenges the world faces. Additionally, let us use our experiences from Linnaeus University to continue to embrace diversity. The more we embrace diversity, the more we equip ourselves to create love for mankind,” he admonished.
Yennego acknowledges his surprise at being picked for the commencement address on behalf of his peers. “I did not expect to be the student speaker, at least not now. In my country – Liberia, they will say ‘the blessing came soon.’ So, I guess my blessing came too soon,” noted the lad from the Sinkor-Airfied community.
He observed that Sweden has made important advancements and always tops other countries in gender equity, innovation, sustainability, business, tackling corruption and undertaking many other developments. “Some of us, who are international students and future policymakers, should draw the positive developmental lessons from Sweden and help in the advancement of our various nations and societies,” he uged.
He levelled praises and appreciation on parents, friends and the faculty and staff at Linnaeus University for the great work they continue to do to transform the world ‘into a symphony of peace, development and boundless progress.’
“Fellow graduates, as we end another chapter in our lives, let us be reminded that through our various efforts, we have a responsibility to help make the world a better place. Let us enter the real world with that zest and optimism that we can conquer the challenges ahead,” Yennego said.
He concluded his speech by echoing President Ellen Johnson: “I will leave you with a quote from my president, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. She said, ‘The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.’”
Zubah graduated with a Master’s degree in Business Process and Supply Chain Management and is due in Liberia early July to contribute his quota to his homeland.