The president of the University of Liberia, Dr. Ophelia Weeks and her team, have begun several initiatives that set the pace for rapid service delivery to meet the goal of providing quality education at the university, according to a release.
That is why, following the end of the 98th Commencement Convocation held in December 2017, the administration graduated 3,348 students thus making it the largest class in the history of the institution. To serve such huge number of graduates, the UL Administration has begun issuing diplomas, making the exercise the first of its kind since the UL was founded.
Unlike in the past where graduates had to wait for not less than seven months after graduation to receive their diplomas, the Weeks’ administration is sparing no effort to revert to those days when graduates received their diplomas in a timely fashion.
Kay Jerbo, an executive assistant to the UL Board of Trustees and the focal person on the preparation and distribution of diplomas, has blamed the ‘untimely’ issuance of diplomas in the past to vendor’s inability to deliver the diplomas on time.
To put an end to this embarrassing path, Mr. Jerbo said, “We have taken full responsibility for the entire process of producing the diplomas and the covers. The last phase is to just take the diplomas to the printing press, which is proceeding very well.”
Jerbo said that the 98th Class has begun receiving their diplomas, starting with the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law and other professional programs.
In keeping with the schedule, those of the undergraduate colleges will receive diplomas once the deans and other relevant authorities complete affixing their signatures to the diplomas.
Mr. Jerbo assured graduates and the public that the diplomas cannot be falsified; because of the distinct and classified security features, they contain. “Only individuals directly responsible for producing those diplomas can at least detect those security features,” he said.
Meanwhile, the UL Administration has significantly improved the quality of its academic transcript.
UL transcripts were produced manually on a typewriter and could be easily forged; however, the new transcript is electronically produced and consists of sophisticated security features.
“These enhanced features, therefore, add credibility, legitimacy and thus prohibit individuals from unlawfully faking UL transcripts,” the release said.