The United Methodist University (UMU) yesterday graduated 659 students, who completed courses prescribed by the institution in various disciplines.
The graduates represented the Colleges of Management and Administration, Theology, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, Education, Agriculture, Science and Technology.They obtained diplomas, associate degrees, and bachelor’s degrees respectively.
UMU President Johnson N. Gwaikolo said the 2015/2016 school year was “successful and rewarding,” especially for the students who endured in order to graduate.
He said there was no incident at any of the school’s campuses in Nimba, Bong and Sinoe Counties.
According to Mr. Gwaikolo, 388 of the 659 graduates are female.
He said for the first time in the country’s history, some of the graduates obtained the Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology.
Statistics show that Lofa County produced the highest number of graduates, followed by Sinoe County.
Over 5,000 students enrolled at the school during the 2015/2016 school year, but Mr. Gwaikolo said inadequate space to accommodate student enrolment remains a challenge to the UMU administration.
Gwaikolo explained that preparations are underway to relocate UMU to a new site along the Robertsfield highway in Margibi County.
He touted the school’s qualified faculty, including 16 doctorate degree holders.
He told the audience that the Norwegian United Methodist Church and their Sierra Leone sister church in collaboration with the UMU will soon establish a research center in Liberia.
The UMU’s 13th Commencement Convocation Speaker, former Foreign Affairs Minister Monie R. Captan, called on Liberians to be mindful not to destroy their relationships and lose their sense of humanity, as they pursue the path to national development.
He challenged Liberians to continue to care for each other, adding, “We must continue to be our brothers’ keepers, and to care for the elderly in our families and communities. As we say in Liberia, ‘we must come together.’”
Mr. Captan paid tribute to the graduates for their academic achievements and wished them well.
He prayed that the Almighty would endow each of them with wisdom to think in a new way about their future and the future of the country.