By David A. Yates
Dr. Joseph T. Isaac, president of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU), yesterday challenged over 278 graduates to become ambassadors for the university.
Speaking at the 17th commencement convocation, Dr. Isaac told the graduates that they are now members of change at AMEU University; and as such, their journey will continue long after they have left.
“As you graduate today, remember that you are not leaving the university, you are simply joining another constituent group of the university community. You are trading your student membership for an alumni membership,” he said.
Today, you have reached that point to move on. You have done the work, paid your dues, walked the miles, talked the talk, made some friends, and above all, learned a lot. So, it’s time to move on,” he said.
Dr. Isaac believes that the graduates are fully prepared for the ‘peaks and valleys’ ahead of them. “We trust that you will apply the strengths you acquired to face the challenges ahead of you.
“We know that when life throws you a curve ball, you are prepared to take advantage of the opportunities that come along with that curve.
He also challenged the “older generation” to create opportunities for the “younger generation” to explore the job market.
He said for too long the younger generation has been left with decades of academic engagements and lack of practical working experience which, according to him, makes it difficult for them to enter the job market.
Dr. Isaac explained further that education is a process that does not stop after graduation, and forewarned them of times of trouble while trying to build networks to contribute positively to the growth and development of the nation.
Earlier, Mr. Samuel Watson, deputy chief of mission, US Embassy, observed that often, passions left unchecked and unregulated overwhelm individuals and their capacity to achieve greatness. For one to be excellent and great, the US Deputy Chief of Mission said that individual must practice the virtue of empathy and avoid the vices of hate, racism, envy and bigotry.
He reminded the graduates of the challenges Liberia faces in the rebuilding process, challenges which require their best efforts for national development. He urged the graduates to be willing to make sacrifices to achieve their goals, adding that “nothing comes easy.”
Watson called on the graduates to join government’s reconstruction and development efforts with a new attitude of patriotism, hard work, perseverance, and sacrifice. “I appeal to you to bring your best to the table and join in restoring Liberia to its true potential,” he said.
The university conferred Doctorate of Humane Letters (L.H.D), Honoris Causa on Mr. Dominic Sam, United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) country director.
AMEU, which is operated by the Episcopal Church of Liberia, presently has three colleges which include the Bryant Theological Seminary, College of Liberal Arts & Social Science and College of Business & Public Administration.
Degrees conferred at the graduation ceremony covered various disciplines, including Religious Education, Political Science, Mass Communication, Economics, Accounting, Business Administration, and Management.