The Nimba County Community College (NCCC) last Saturday held its third commencement convocation titled ‘Zoedoamoh-Class of 2017,’ a Mano phrase meaning “The Class of Faith.”
The 110 graduates include 23 females.
The guest speaker, Chief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor, admonished the graduates to shun violence and always seek the path of peace in their pursuit of higher education.
Chief Justice Korkpor reminded his audience that higher education should be equally accessible to all without any pre-condition, except of the individual’s own choosing.
He said the NCCC is one of the colleges President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf created to provide equal access to education for all, especially those who may not want to or have the means to pursue higher education in the nation’s capital, Monrovia or other parts of the country.
In her message on the topic, “Moving Out of NCCC’s Box or Sleh-Dor-Zeh,” the NCCC president, Dr. Yar Donlah Gonway-Gono, extended gratitude to the families, partners and friends of the students who in whatever way supported them in their academic pursuits.
“At NCCC, the Zoedohmoh Class of 2017 has earned credibility, and is ready for the next challenge: either to seek for jobs, create employment and or seek for advanced knowledge as others before them have done. No matter where the next journey takes you, you are moving out of NCCC’s box of constant struggles for academic advancements,” she said.
The NCCC was created by an Act of the 52nd Legislature on September 15, 2010 with a mandate to provide, “instructional and learning conditions in all aspects of professional education that will effectively promote the interest, growth and improvement of the college.”
The college formally commenced academic activities on September 19, 2011 with a total enrollment of 438 students. One year later, student enrollment grew to 796. Since then, the college continues to experience a steady growth in enrollment, which currently stands at 2, 420, thereby making the NCCC one of the most populated community colleges in the country.
The school offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates including Business and Public Administration, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Science and Agriculture and Technical and Vocational Training.
The graduation ceremony was attended by an array of officials from the county, among them Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh; Dr. Frederick Korkeh, Minister of Post and Telecommunications and also chairman of the NCCC Board of Trustees; Dr. Michael P. Slawon, Director-General, National Commission on Higher Education; and his principal deputy, Dr. Kadiker Rex Dahn.
Others were the president and chief executive officer of the Jungle Water Group of Investment, Tomah-Seh Floyd; Senator Thomas Grupee; Representatives Larry P. Younquoi, District #8; and Prince O. S. Tokpah, District #2.