The political leader of the opposition Movement for Progressive Change or MPC, Simeon Freeman, has urged graduates of the SmytheInstitute of Technology and Management to examine choices they make as they leave the walls of the college to enter the larger society.
“As you leave from here today what becomes of you must be the person you represent for tomorrow; you must determine the choices you make as individuals in the society, because if you live your life to please your friends, or focus on fixing hairs, something that will do you no good than it is left with you”, Freeman told the graduates.
He spoke over the weekend at the graduation ceremony of 280 students from the Smyth Institute of Technology and Management in Sinkor, Monrovia after completion of a two-year academic program at the institute.
Mr. Freeman noted that prior to the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in Liberia in 2014, life in the country had been difficult, saying “hard times are not just today; they have been in existence from my youth days so all I can say to you graduates, is do something and encourage yourselves; do not give up in your struggle because the decision you make will determine your destiny tomorrow”.
The SmytheInstitute, which is located in 16thStreet Sinkor, Chessman Avenue, is a private institution established by a group of young Liberian educators on May 5, 1999.
The 280 graduates were awarded Associate Degrees in various disciplines, including Business Management, 12 candidates; Finance and Banking, 10 candidates; Health Science, 260; and School of Humanity, 5 candidates; among others.
The businessman-cum politicians cautioned the graduates not to engage themselves into bad habits just to impress others, but to instead, put their feet to the fire and do something that will change their lives, saying,“Do not be unjust to your actions, because the source you are ashamed off today, could be the source that will add value to your lives.”
For his part, the chairperson of the College Board of Trustees, Montserrado County Representative Richmond Anderson, expressed frustration over lack of subsidy or budgetary allocation from the government to the institute unlike other private institutions in the country.
Representative Anderson disclosed plans are underway to elevate the institution to full degree level adding that the Commission on Higher Education has already been written on this.
Meanwhile, the State-owned University of Liberia is expected to graduate 2,433 candidates at its 96th commencement and convocation in December in a society where unemployment is rising and major companies have announced jobs cut here due to global constraints.
By Lewis S. Teh-Edited by Jonathan Browne