The Liberia Dujar Technical College on Tuesday, graduated 58 students in various disciplines. The graduates, who earned Associate of Applied Science degrees, had studied over a three-year period.
Of the number, 43 were females, and 15 males.
According to the academic statistic, 47 of the graduates obtained Associate degrees in Nursing Science (ANSc); five in Applied Science (AASc) degrees in Agriculture, two in Civil and Mechanical Engineering and three in Electrical Engineering.
Tuesday’s commencement marked the second since the National Commission on Higher Education accredited the college as a degree granting institution.
Montserrado County District #12 Representative, Richmond Anderson, told the graduates to use their education to contribute meaningfully to the overall development of the country.
Rep. Anderson challenged each of them to consider themselves as “ambassadors, or technical gladiators.”
“Do not shelve your technical and vocational knowledge, because the skills are more needed in the rebuilding of Liberia than the conventional skills like accounting, politics, sociology, etc.,” he added.
Anderson urged the college’s management to write the House and Senate Committees on Ways, Means and Finance requesting for financial subsidy.
He said a copy of the letter should be addressed to him so that he will use it to lobby his colleagues to include the college in the next fiscal year.
He spoke on the theme, “The Need for Capacity Building for the Enhancement of National Recovery and Reconstruction in Postwar Liberia.”
The college and Dujar High School were birthed by the Liberia Dujar Association, a non-profit organization headed by Mrs. Lois B. Hemgren, a Liberian who married a Swedish national.
Since 2005, the high school has graduated over 1,000 students, while the college graduated 23 students when it hosted its first commencement convocation.