The Fendall Campus of the University of Liberia (UL) has for the past week been a place of joy and excitement as several students of the state-run university receive final clearances for graduation in December.
The process, which started in early October with a vigorous revision of applications from prospective graduates, was concluded and approved with the issuance of final clearances that began on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.
The graduation, which is scheduled for December, 2017, and will see over 2,000 students walking out of the walls of the UL with degrees in various academic disciplines from all seven undergraduate programs as well as graduate and professional schools. Some of the prospective students, in a jubilant mood, expressed happiness over their upcoming graduation.
They note that despite many life challenges, their stay at the University has been a very memorable one, stressing that they would forever remain proud as products of the UL. “I am overly excited that I will this year be leaving the walls of this great university. This is a dream comes true. This is something I had long wished for. Thanks be to God, that this dream will be finally actualized this year,” says Student Patience Sackie.
“Today is the most joyous moment in my life ever. I am so excited because this is my biggest academic achievement so far ever as a student. I hope and pray that by his grace, I will ascend to higher heights in my academic sojourn,” another added student, Momo Kamara, expresses.
This year’s graduation marks the 98th Commencement Convocation of the UL and is the first since the appointment of Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks as President of the University.
Dr. Weeks assumed office on September 14, 2017 following the retirement of Dr. Emmet Dennis. She is the 14th President of the University of Liberia and the second female President of the institution after the late Dr. Mary-Antoinette Brown Sherman.
-Editing by Jonathan Browne