The eighty-eight (88) graduates of the Harriette E. Bailey Memorial United Methodist School have been urged to seek the virtue of excellence for a productive future. Rev. Emmanuel J. Giddings, chief executive officer of the Liberia-Ghana Mission, gave the admonition on Thursday, August 3, at the fourth commencement convocation held at the HEBMUMS Auditorium in Duahzon Community, Margibi County.
Rev. Giddings told the graduates that they have taken the first step in their quest for education, and that there are huge challenges that could either serve as barriers for their elevation to another level in pursuit of higher education, or as a motivation to persevere. He, however, frowned on indecent dress codes on the part of some of the graduates and urged them to be what they are and not someone else as they pursue their educational goals. “I want to encourage you to consider yourselves as the future generation of Liberians that are expected to steer the affairs of the nation,” Rev. Giddings stressed.
He further reminded the graduates that although Liberia is 170 years old as a nation, she is yet to be on par with the nearest countries of Ghana and Ivory Coast in socioeconomic and infrastructural developments. He urged the graduates to aim high and not be content with what he described as “good enough,” adding that there is nothing like luck in the search for solid education and building a solid foundation for the future. “Work hard and always study your lessons at a meticulous pace in order to reach the marks of excellence and good moral standards in your quest for marketable skills,” Rev. Giddings said.
Rev. Giddings, meanwhile, announced a scholarship for the valedictorian, B. Felix Zeekeh, to pursue higher education at the United Methodist University, and a two-year scholarship for the salutatorian. For his part, valedictorian Zeekeh pointed out that he had a remarkable experience at HEBMUMS, working along with teachers and the administration. He urged his fellow graduates to always endure and consider themselves as people on a journey to be productive for the country.
Zeekeh congratulated his colleagues for their hard academic work and expressed gratitude to their parents, sponsors, and scholarship providers for their support over the years.