The University of Liberia (UL) has cleared about 2,455 students who will be graduating on December 16. The 96th Commencement Convocation will bring together several high profile individuals from Liberia and the Diaspora.
The forthcoming graduation follows 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 final sitting for clearing students was held on Thursday, October 29, in the conference room of the Nathanial H.B. Cassell Building.
According to the UL Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. S. Momolu Getaweh, the meeting of the Board of Trustees was convened on Tuesday, November 17 and Trustees in attendance approved the 2, 433 candidates presented. The Board also approved the decision that this year’s commencement will be college-based.
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).
For example, the Department of Sociology in the Liberia College and the Department of Management in the College of Business and Public Administration will be graduating more females than males. According to the data, of the 325 sociology candidates cleared, 167 are females, and of the 320 management candidates cleared, 181 are females.