The William V.S. Tubman University in Harper City, Maryland County, southeast Liberia conducts its fifth graduation convocation, awarding degrees to 145 graduates in various academic disciplines.
Tubman University, which is the second state institution of higher learning in Liberia awards Bachelor of Science degrees to 34 candidates from the College of Agriculture and Food Science, 22 candidates from four departments within the College of Education, including department of Secondary Education, 11 candidates; department of Guidance and Counseling, six candidates; department of Early Childhood Development, four candidates, who earn Bachelor of Arts degree, and department of Primary Education, one candidate, respectively.
Three departments within the College of Engineering and Technology award degrees to 16 candidates, including six (6) from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, two (2) from the Electrical Engineering Department, and Eight (8) from the Department of Civil Engineering, respectively.
From the College of Health Sciences, 25 candidates receive degrees in Public Health and 38 earn degrees in Nursing, totaling 63. Delivering the commencement address on the topic Education, Deputy Minister of Education for Instructions, Alexander Duopo lauds the university administration for selecting him among so many competent Liberians to serve as keynote speaker for the 5th graduation convocation.
He also hails TU President, Dr. Elliott Wreh Wilson, for his persistent advocacy in the interest of students and the faculty. The Deputy Education boss thanks the graduating class for allowing him to serve as their commencement speaker on behalf of President George M. Weah, who was selected as guest preacher, but could not attend because of engagement with other state matters.
Minister Duopo challenges current and outgoing students of the William V.S. Tubman University to take seriously their degrees and think about giving back to the institution.
For his part, TU President Dr. Elliott Wreh Wilson commends the graduates for their tireless efforts in keeping their dreams for higher education alive.
He promises to build additional infrastructure on the campus through efforts of central government to create smooth learning environment as a means of promoting and implementing the government’s Pro-Poor Agenda.
He lauds sixteen (16) of the 145 candidates who graduated with distinction, urging them to remain focused on transforming Liberia as eyes are now set on them as agents of change.
Dr. Wilson notes that one of the major priorities of the Weah-led administration is education, stressing that students are the retirement benefits of their parents, so they should prioritize education to become the key and change that will open the doors to a new Liberia.
He urges the graduates to be men and women of ethical, moral, social, and cultural values in creating opportunities for themselves.
Maryland County Senator H. Dan Morias commends the university administration headed by Dr. Wilson for its good academic work and calls on parents to give full support for a good and quality Tubman University.
On behalf of the Maryland Legislative Caucus Senator Morias pledges support and vows to lobby with international partners to put the William V.S. Tubman University on par with other institutions in the sub-region.
Speaking in separate interview with this paper in Harper after the convocation, Senator Morias encourages students of the university and incoming students to take advantage of his scholarship to reduce financial burden of their parents.
By George K. Momo/ Maryland-Editing by Jonathan Browne