Dr. Carma Love called on graduates of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) to strive for personal growth while remaining focused on better career prospects.
In her commencement address, she emphasized the importance of pursuing dreams without getting discouraged by delays. She urged them to take action and seize opportunities instead of waiting for miracles, reminding them that even Jesus sought help in his journey.
"Know your own value without the extra hair, nails, and clothes because you are priceless," Love said during the graduation ceremony in Royesville, rural Montserrado County, on November 1.
"Reflect on what you've learned while graduating and keep moving forward. Choose wisely because you will have to live with the results. Enrich your life's journey, just as Jesus asked for help, and remember that you are never too old to seek assistance when needed."
The author also pointed out that a dream delayed does not necessarily mean denied, so there's no need to waste time being disappointed. She encouraged the graduates to improve themselves in areas where they know their best opportunities await.
"Don't sit around waiting for a miracle; be proactive and explore every opportunity," Love said. "Now is the only guaranteed time you have in your life because the past is gone, and the future is a figment of the imagination. Never misuse time, as it can be your best friend or worst enemy. If you respect your time, others will respect your time and recognize your worth."
She also urged the graduates to embrace unity among themselves for the betterment of the nation, describing unity as the most powerful tool of every successful nation worldwide.
Meanwhile, the President of AMEU, Rev. Alvin E. Attah, highlighted the university's commitment to academic excellence, research innovation, and community engagement. He acknowledged the challenges faced throughout the year but praised the determination and resilience demonstrated by faculty, staff, and students.
"Our faculty, staff, and students have displayed unwavering determination in adapting to the ever-evolving educational landscape during these extraordinary times. Our commitment to online learning and the seamless integration of technology into our curricula has enabled us to continue delivering a world-class education in a hybrid format," he stated.
Attah also emphasized AMEU's achievements, including the graduation of international students and the introduction of e-library services. This innovation enables students to access the library at any time from their homes through a mobile application.
"With this new innovation, students of our noble institution can now access the library 24/7 from the comfort of their homes using any device of their choice. This innovation also comes with mobile applications, allowing our students to download the EBSCOHost mobile app from either the Google Play Store for Android devices or the App Store for Apple devices and access AME University E-library through the app," he explained.
AMEU has also fostered global education by establishing partnerships with universities worldwide, providing students with the opportunity to explore different cultures and broaden their perspectives.
Furthermore, the university has actively engaged in community outreach programs, contributing to the betterment of the local community. Students and faculty have volunteered to improve sanitation and hygiene in the Soniwein community.
Looking ahead, the administration at AMEU is committed to opening the Department of Disabilities, ensuring an inclusive and respectful learning environment for all students.
Jefferson Karmo, the security advisor to President George M. Weah, reiterated the government's commitment to providing an enabling environment for learning and socioeconomic development. He stressed the importance of all citizens respecting the law and contributing to peace and security in Liberia.
Overall, the graduation ceremony at AMEU highlighted the perseverance and achievements of the graduates, while emphasizing the university's commitment to academic excellence, community engagement, and creating opportunities for all students.