The Episcopal Diocesan Bishop, Rt. Rev. Jonathan B.B. Hart has challenged the 577 prospective graduates of the Cuttington University (CU) in Suakoko, Bong County, to make wise use of the skills the university has imparted unto them over the years.
Of the prospective graduates, 340 are undergraduate students and 197 post graduate students, while 40 of them are from the Cuttington Junior College based in Kakata, Margibi County.
The Episcopal Prelate strongly admonished members of CU’s 53rd graduating class not to use their education to practice corruption and destruction.
Preaching on the theme, “Make Use of Your Education,” Bishop Hart cautioned them against behaving like the tenant in the 25th chapter of St. Matthew’s Gospel, who buried his talent and failed to make wise use of it upon receiving the instructions.
Bishop Hart’s Sermon was greeted with applauses from the congregation, among them, an array of parents, other family members and government officials.
An important part of using their education wisely, he told the prospective graduates, is to make sure to work hard to improve the livelihood of fellow Liberians.
The Episcopal Prelate drew particular attention from the congregation when he called on the prospective graduating class to be good ambassadors of Cuttington, and keep the light and image of their Alma-mater burning and high wherever they are called to serve.
“I pray that the years you spent at CU in your academic sojourn have made you to become holy and wise, and prepared to use your acquired skills toward building a better Liberia.”
He challenged them to go all out and impact society positively, rather than to destroy or corrupt the system as others have done over a period of time in the country’s history.
To the administration headed the president, Dr. Henrique Tokpa, faculty and staff, Bishop Hart expressed gratitude for their “sacrifices and enormous contributions” to the institution despite the many challenges.
As the chairman of Cuttington’s Board of Trustees, Bishop Hart admitted that he was aware of the administration’s need for better incentives for the sacrifices they make in service to the university.
According to him, he was aware of the delay of the university to paying their “just wages.”
“I am also aware how these challenges affect the smooth operations of the university, but true, how these situations are brought about to our university by many of us, who award scholarships to students here without making payments of the funds needed to address these challenges,” said.
Despite all these challenges, he, however, encouraged them to continue to do their best and remain dedicated and committed to their duties.