Ricks Institute Chief Administrator and Principal, Rev/Dr. Olu Q. Menjay, has challenged the 333 graduates of the Booker Washing Institute (BWI) to press forward with urgency rather than being complacent with their first step of academic sojourn.
Rev. Menjay’s admonition was contained in his soul-moving and contemplation Baccalaureate Sermon delivered on Saturday to the 333 2013/2014 graduates of the BWI in Kakata, Margibi County.
He spoke on the theme, “The Urgency to Press On,” based on the text at Philippians 3: 14, in which Paul informed the congregation in Philippi that he was pressing on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God by means of Christ Jesus.
It is based on this that Rev. Menjay urged the graduates to match their achieved education with employable opportunity by pressing on for the things upward rather than being content with their first graduation.
He called on them not to stop at the BWI, but to pursue with education to the next level, “because change entails risk, which means to attain quality learning that needs to be leapfrog.”
“Do not allow yourself to fall into deep sleep that will hold you back from pressing on to run the risk of becoming one of Liberia’s best engineer, architectural designers, and even reaching as far to become a pilot,” Dr. Menjay encouraged the graduates.
Rev. Menjay brief, but soul-inspiring sermon was punctuated with applauses and shouts of amen and or hallelujah from the audience which included mainly members of the 64th graduating class.
“Do not be anxious of what you may encounter after several years of struggle to attain your trade education, but press on with vigor, rigor, and courage to reflect on what you have learned; on where you did not do well so as to allow you to learn from the past mistakes to leap forward,” Rev. Menjay urged the graduates, who rose up with a deafening round of applause.
He then warned them to be aware that the race to achieving a higher standard of education does not end with BWI, adding that the race was not yet over, because graduation means commencement.
For his part, the Managing Director of Liberia Telecommunication, Sebastian Muah, promised to connect the two graduates, who duxed the 64th Pari-Passu (Moving Forward) Class of 2013/2014 to liaise with his office so that he could forward their names to …….Georgia University for admission.
In a related development, two graduates who emerged as first and second placers (dux) among their 331 colleagues have each spoken of the need for the government to rebrand the country’s education system with emphasis on science and technology.
In his valedictory address, Bill Coldheart of the Electrical Department said, any nation that develops its young people in the areas of science and technology is bound to succeed where job security is a matter of necessity.
He recalled the advancement of technology through which the world has now become a “global village” thereby making it compelling for the government to tap the minds of young Liberians into becoming pilots and or engineers by pursuing courses in the sciences.
Coldheart, on the topic, “Building a Nation Through Science and Technology,” called on his fellow graduates not to settle for less, but move forward to become Liberia’s astronauts or pilots, and so forth.
Earlier in his salutatory address, the second dux, Christopher C.H. Nyumalin, on the topic, “We Are Responsible For Who we Become,” called on his fellow graduates to not become complacent with their first diplomas, but rather to consider obtaining higher and quality education.
By doing so, he believes they will be adequately prepared for the challenges that await them and to help them succeed by reaching their individual professional goals.
“When we leave from here today, let us celebrate what we have accomplished with an eye towards how we, too, can be the inspiration for others,” Nyumalin charged his fellow graduates, who clapped and danced with him to the delight of the audience.
Several high profile individuals, among them the chairman of BWI’s Board of Governors, Kenneth Y. Best and the president of the Alumni Association, Jonathan Paylay-leh as well as a cross-section of parents and well-wishers attended the graduation exercise.