This year’s prospective graduates of the University of Liberia (UL) have been urged to appreciate their academic achievements and love their country in the process of attaining their full potential in life.
The admonition to the 1000 plus prospective graduates was contained in a Baccalaureate Sermon delivered on Sunday from the Dean of John R. Bryant Theological Seminary African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU), and Senior Pastor of the Empowerment Temple in Monrovia, Rev. Dr. Katurah York Cooper.
Rev. Dr. Cooper, who gave the admonition at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville on the theme, “Don’t Despise Your Birthright,” based on the biblical story of two brothers born on the same day, Jacob and Esau.
“You should not despise or look down upon yourself and your country, because you now belong to the elite class by your qualification,” Rev. Cooper said, inspiring a long round of applause from the graduates.
“Liberia,” she said, “is a unique country with a rich history. It is Africa’s oldest, because of this, it is favored among the community of nations.”
“Love your country without any precondition, because to despise it means self-destruction, looking down on oneself; selling of the nation’s natural resources for personal gain and other acts hostile to building the country are to our detriment,” she continued.
She urged the graduates not limit their acquired knowledge, but to broaden it for Liberia and for those to come after them.
“Do not lose your focus; rather have faith in your spiritual birthright so you can succeed. Be disciplined, diligent, and faithful to turn enmity (bad feeling) and every moment of frustration into success; confusion into consent, and hatred into healing.”
UL President, Dr. Emmet E. Dennis, announced that in the calendar of events for the 95th Convocation, a series of planned activities were proceeding in keeping with the schedule.
These activities include, but are not limited to: the observance of the Alumni Home Coming Day, the 2013 Class Day/Night Program, the UL Faculty Association Day; Oath and Honors Day at the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine, which was held yesterday, Monday, December 16; and the Commencement Convocation itself that will take place on December 18th.
Protocol for the Commencement Convocation, according to Dr. Dennis begins at 8:30 a.m. at the S.K. D. Sports Complex in Paynesville, with the arrival of the UL faculty and staff, the chorus, and the Graduates.
“This 95th Class is a blessed class and very special to me because it is my 10th graduation since I became president of this university about five ago,” Dr. Dennis told the prospective graduates as they shouted in unison: “Dr Emmet “Ernest” Dennis, our president!”