Over the weekend, authorities of the University of Liberia (UL) released a calendar of events covering the 96th Convocation exercises which began on Saturday, November 28 when students of the Medical and Pharmacy Schools where honored.
Today the UL will begin a series of convocations for the six colleges beginning with the Liberia College, to be followed Wednesday by Teachers College, the College of Science and Technology, and the activities will continue with different colleges holding convocation until Saturday, December 19 when the UL climaxes this year’s convocations with the holding of its Staff Association Day.
The UL has cleared about 2,455 students for graduation. The events bring together high profile individuals at home and from the Diaspora.
UL convocations this year follow weeks of intense hearings of petitions from Deans of Colleges to qualify the students for graduation. The petitions were deliberated on by the Deans and the Faculty Senate before the students were cleared, while the Board of Trustees approved 2,433 candidates to graduate.
The Board also approved the decision that this year’s commencement be held by each college.
When the numbers are tabulated, according to the Office of Enrollment Management, the candidates cleared and approved are from the six undergraduate colleges, five graduate programs, three professional schools, including the Joint UL – Ministry of Finance Financial Management Training Program, FMTP/IPTP.
The undergraduate colleges include: Liberia College, with 401 candidates (218 males and 183 females); the William V. S. Tubman Teachers’ College, with 93 candidates (54 males and 39 females); the William R. Tolbert, Jr. College of Agriculture and Forestry, with 239 candidates (195 males and 35 females); the Thomas J. R. Faulkner College of Science and Technology, with 188 candidates (137 males and 51 females); and the College of Business and Public Administration, with 1,127 candidates (706 males and 421 females).
The graduate schools include: Master in Business Administration (MBA) and Master in Public Administration (MPA), with 110 candidates (74 males and 36 females); the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Graduate School of International Relations (IBB), with 17 candidates (13 males and 4 females); the Regional Planning Program, with 24 candidates (18 males and six females); the Graduate Program in Education Administration and Supervision (GPED), with 15 candidates (13 males and two females); and the Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation (KAICT), with 21 candidates (13 males and eight females).
The three professional schools include: the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, with 54 candidates (43 males and 11 females); the A. M. Dogliotti College of Medicine, with 35 candidates (20 males and 15 females); and the School of Pharmacy, with 29 candidates (24 of males and five females).
The University of Liberia is a publicly funded institution of higher learning authorized by the national government in 1851. The school opened in 1863 as Liberia College and became a university in 1951. The school is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in West Africa and is accredited by the National Commission on Higher Education. The university has six colleges, three professional schools including a law school and medical school, and three graduate programs with student population of approximately 35,000 at its three campuses on Capitol Hill, Fendall and Sinje respectively. UL now has five institutes for study in areas such as the Chinese language and population research. The law school is the only one in Liberia .