Weah is Cuttington’s 57th Commencement Speaker

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President George Manneh Weah will serve as the commencement speaker at the 57th convocation of the Cuttington University (CU) tomorrow on the university’s main campus in Suakoko, Bong County, CU’s interim president, Fr. James Tamba, has confirmed.

For this year’s commencement program, the three campuses of the university at Suakoko, Kakata and Monrovia, will converge on the main campus where over 700 students will be awarded graduate, undergraduate and associate degrees in several fields of study, Fr. James Tamba confirmed to the Daily Observer via mobile phone on Tuesday.

“Before he delivers the commencement address, the university will confer on President Weah an honorary doctorate degree,” said Fr. Tamba.

The prelate ascended to the helm of CU following a series of student protests that engulfed the university in May this year, leading to the suspension of its president, Dr. Herman Browne. The CU interim president is also the dean of the College of Theology and Chaplain of the university.

Reports indicate that the President’s preferment is a clever way of inviting him to see firsthand financial constraints facing the university, amid the huge cuts in subsidies from the government and the Episcopal Diocese.

It is reported that the government is indebted to the CU in substantial arrears, including what some government ministries owe the institution in scholarships for hundreds of students.

In the 2015-2016 fiscal budget year, CU received US$1.1 million, an amount reduced in the 2016-2017 budget year to US$700,000, and the institution was allotted US$300,000 in the 2017-2018 fiscal years.

In spite of the decrease, it has also been extremely difficult for the institution to access its subsidy, which prior to the numerous cuts experienced in recent years, was about 50 percent of the operational cost of the university, a member of the CU faculty, Dr. Timothy D. Nevin, told the Daily Observer yesterday.

The institution has also experienced a reduction in student enrollment, especially in 2014, during the Ebola crisis and the 2017 elections, which has helped to also exacerbate its financial crisis. The total enrollment last semester, according to authorities, was 1,350 from the usual 2,000 plus on the main campus in Suakoko.

Dr. Nevin said, “what CU receives from government now is just 10 percent of the overall operational cost, because this huge cut, coupled with the drop in student enrollment, has brought terrible hardship on the institution, contributing to the recent protests that engulfed the university.”

He added, “what CU used to receive from government covered about 50 percent of its operational cost, but this is no more the case, because what the institution receives now is just ten percent of its operational costs. These situations represent huge financial burdens for the CU,” Prof. Nevin noted.

Dr. Nevin also noted that because of the economic constraints that the country is experiencing, the fees charged graduates was reduced from US$400 to US$300. “Though this may still be seen as huge, I think it is a great help for the graduates,” he said.

Many believe that CU’s preferment of President Weah is a result of the manner in which he helped resolve the recent fracas on the main campus that nearly paralyzed normal learning activities.

The Board of trustees swiftly intervened and brought relatively calm to the campus, but this was short lived after the Board Chairman, Bishop Jonathan B. B. Hart, reneged on its promises to the student body and the faculty.

The protests by students and faculty continued a week after the Board’s intervention, prompting the President to intervene. The President sent a delegation that included the ministers of Education, Justice and others to resolve the prolonged protest.

Justice Minister F. Musa Dean and Education Minister Ansu Sonii, shortly after they were commissioned by the President, led a team of mediators on the CU campus to resolve the standoff after the Board of Trustees made two fruitless attempts.

Others in attendance at that meeting were former Justice Minister, Cllr. Frederick Cherue; LNP Deputy Inspector General for Operations, Robert Budy and the president of the CU Alumni Association, Charles B. Allen, Jr.
“We the government, have the responsibility to ensure that citizens remain at peace with each other,” Sonii said.

Commencement speakers, the world over, have delivered pointed, memorable, and profoundly inspirational messages, keyed to the graduates and grounded in the wider reality of positive change — speeches happily and necessarily relevant, in fact and in promise, to all humanity.

Based on this, many are expecting President Weah’s address tomorrow to be very captivating, taking into consideration the history surrounding his ascendancy to the pinnacle of political authority.

Many know that Weah’s rise to prominence is a life inspiring journey that would give every youth the urge to persevere in seeking a better future. Many of the graduates, according to Dr. Nevin, are poised to listen to some of the intriguing life stories of their President.

“It is an honor for any university and any graduate to have the President address their commencement convocation. CU is also noted for this so it is not that strange too,” Dr. Nevin, who has been an Assistant Professor of History since 2015, said.

13 COMMENTS

  1. Please, after the commencement convocation, let us begin calling our preso Dr. George plus the other names Weah ooooooo…No more disrespect ok. An honorary degree too get juice yaaaaaa…my people

  2. Please, going forward our preso name will have an addition. I mean honorary degrees too get juice yaaaaa…Henceforth he is to be called Dr. George plus other names Weah…..Is it not how Robert Mugabe got most of his doctorate degrees?

  3. Why would you ask someone to give a commencement speech who can’t even read?? Couldn’t you find a better speaker? I’d be embarrassed to be a graduate with this commencement speaker.

    • Go and hang yourself. He can not read, but he is preferred. All haters, just continue to drown in your sorrow. His Excellency, Dr. George “Opong” Manneh Weah is moving forward. What God has instituted, no man can change.

      • Why are you bringing God into this, when He give us free will?? In other words, you are free to vote for an illiterate (Weah) to be your president. But exercising your free will does not mean that you can do whatever you want without suffering the consequences. Electing an illiterate, as your president, does have consequences!

  4. He deserves the honor based on the part he played in bringing Liberia in the spotlight during his career! Congragulations! Many football around the world know Liberia , due to President George Weah!

  5. CORRECTION
    He deserves the honor based on the part he played in bringing Liberia in the spotlight during his career! Congragulations! Many people around the world know Liberia because of football (associate Liberia with football), due to President George Weah!

  6. Mr. Scott, I am completely differed with your criticism. It is unnecessary for you to criticize our sober minded President destructively. He went to one of the accredited universities in America. He’s not a novice. Some of the Liberians who are the detractors of Dr. Weah always think negatively about him. Politics is not negativity. It is a reality. President Weah has done extremely well since he took office. He’s concentrating positively for the benefit of us all, but his antagonists are not looking at the positive attributes of him. It pays to criticize, but your criticism should look at the pros, and cons. Jealousy, underestimation, and premeditation need to be abolished. We need to be together in unison, and build our country. Until then, let’s stop negative criticism, and join hands to build our fathers’ land. May God bless you.

  7. Dr. George Oppong Manneh Weah, was democratically elected in accordance with the constitution of Liberia. The Liberian electorates exercised their franchise and he was subsequently made President. It’s history and it is documented in the archive of the nation of Liberia. There isn’t many of Dr. Weah’s charism around in Liberia in this age and century. The United States of America would love to have Dr George Weah, as its President were all things being equal. Liberians, if you all continue to criticize and leash ugly comments at your President Dr. George Weah, it shows your ignorance, academic ineptitude, moral degradation, and un-patriotic sensibility for the country you called your home. Many of you don’t know Dr. George Weah at all. yes, all of you that deliberately called him names for no good cause, don’t know your Presdient at all. Dr. George Weah, is an honorable and decent human being I first met during the early 1980’s when he was a high school at Wells Hairston High School on Mechlin Street, in Monrovia. The lack of understanding on the part of many Liberians is that, Our President Dr George Weah, is known by most of you only as a “SOCCER STAR.” Why, will anyone say that a person cannot read. None of us has any right to tell another person or vehemently erase the academic level of the other person. It is wrong, I mean absolutely wrong.

    I congratulate Dr George Weah on his preferment as “Doctor of Honorary Causa,” from the board of directors and faculty of Cuttington University. His academic degree of doctor, is not about any material motif as many of you are commenting. He deserves the credential based upon the criterial ascribed by the Authorities of Cuttington which are justifiable. We need to take a close inventory of our personal lives prior to saying nonsense about a person you think you, but know not. Liberians, when will you all stop your nonsense, its nothing about your right to speak, its deliberate nonsense.

    Cuttington University, did what was appropriate and just for our President, and not just for Dr. George Oppong Manneh Weah, but for the Liberia and the nations of the world of humanity. He is honorable, amiable, sound, and above he is love by humanity globally.

    Congratulations Dr. George Oppong Manneh Weah!!! Long live your presidency, long live Liberia!!!

  8. Dr. George Oppong Manneh Weah, was democratically elected in accordance with the constitution of Liberia. The Liberian electorates exercised their franchise and he was subsequently made President. It’s history and it is documented in the archive of the nation of Liberia. There isn’t many of Dr. Weah’s charisma around in Liberia in this age and century. The United States of America would love to have Dr George Weah, as its President versus Donald Trump presently, were all things to be equal. Liberians, if you all continue to criticize and trash ugly comments at your President Dr. George Weah, it shows your ignorance, academic ineptitude, moral degradation, and un-patriotic in-sensibility for the country you called your home. Many of you don’t know Dr. George Weah at all. yes, all of you that deliberately called him names for no good cause, don’t know your Presdient at all. Dr. George Weah, is an honorable and decent human being I first met during the early 1980’s when he was a high school student, at Wells Hairston High School on Mechlin Street, Monrovia. The lack of understanding on the part of many Liberians is that, Our President Dr George Weah, is known by most of you only as a “SOCCER STAR.” Why, will anyone say that a person cannot read. None of us has any right to tell another person or vehemently erase the academic level of the other person. It is wrong, I mean absolutely wrong.

    I congratulate Dr George Weah on his preferment as “Doctor of Honorary Causa,” from the board of directors and faculty of Cuttington University. His academic degree of doctor, is not about any material motif from the University. He deserves the credential based upon the criterial ascribed by the Authorities of Cuttington which are justifiable. We need to take a close inventory of our personal lives prior to saying nonsense about a person you think you, but know not. Liberians, when will you all stop your nonsense, its nothing about your right to speak, its deliberate nonsense, say nothing about a person when you have nothing to offer that person in terms of assistance…

    Cuttington University, did what was appropriate and just for our President, and not just for Dr. George Oppong Manneh Weah, but for Liberia and the nations of the world of humanity. He is honorable, amiable, sound, academically equipped and above all he is love by humanity globally.

    Congratulations Dr. George Oppong Manneh Weah!!! Long live your presidency, long live Liberia!!!

    • No doubt President Weah is a humane person and I respect that. I believe he will succeed if he can learn quickly from his mistakes, and channel criticisms into positive energy. If he improves the lives of the average citizen, he will go down in history as one of the best presidents in history. I hope he succeeds.

  9. So far, I think President Weah is doing a good job, especially his steps to improve the economy. For example, lowering tariffs on containers from $13k to $4k is huge. That will increase trade and should lead to lower prices for consumers. Also, he needs: 1) A good development plan that everyone can understand and follow, 2) Respect the laws on the books or change them if it is in your way, 3) Don’t associate with or hire corrupt people because that will tarnish your credibility with the people, and 4) Focus like a laser and you will be successful. We all want you to succeed so best of luck.

  10. Just for the record, I don’t really approve of honorary doctoral degrees being handed out by any institution of higher learning. Why would I object? Because I spent eight years of my life in graduate school from 2003-2010 earning a genuine PhD degree in History. If someone is given an honorary degree, they should not use that title in public, or insist that journalists use that title as Samuel Doe did back in the 1980s when the University of Seoul in South Korea gave him an honorary degree.

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