Bishop David R. Daniels, Presiding Prelate of the 15th Episcopal District and Commencement Speaker for the 16th Commencement Convocation of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU), on Wednesday challenged the 184 graduates to do something positive to contribute to nation building.
Of the 184 graduates, the gender-balance was even at 50 percent apiece. Six of the graduates received internships at the Coca-Cola Company in Liberia.
Bishop Daniels urged the graduates to utilize the knowledge they have acquired at AMEU for the benefit of the country. He spoke on the theme, “Success is a Journey and not a Destination.”
He told graduates that there is no limit to success, therefore, as they exit the walls of the university, they should not limit their expectations, but should rather continue on the journey of success.
“Each of you has done absolutely well, and you deserve all the praises from us. It was an uphill battle, some tremendous sacrifices, but you made it. The fact that you made it tells me that you are ready for this journey called success.”
The Prelate added: “I know it was not easy for many of you and I know what many of you have been going through. You have to study under candlelight, when there was no public electricity. I know that many of you had to make some unnecessary trips to offices, homes and work places of those who promised to assist you with your fees, but made you run around in vain.”
Rt. Rev. Daniels also told the graduates that their achievement is an indication that they are going for greatness, adding that they should not allow anyone or institution to define who they are, or what they can or cannot do.
AME University also conferred the Doctor of Humane Letters (LHD) degree on Mrs. Alexia Butler Fugh and Mrs. Irene Moifoi Daniels in recognition of the two female educators’ distinguished work at AMEU.