Alexander B. Cummings, the political leader of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), challenged graduates of the United Methodist University of Liberia to remain focused in pursuing their dreams. “I urge all of you to believe in yourself, believe that your dreams and ambitions are possible, and work, as diligently as you truly can, to achieve your dreams”, Cummings asserted.
He pointed out that the graduates have proven to themselves and the country that challenges can be overcome and goals can be achieved by those who are willing to discipline themselves, adding, “In all endeavors of life, success is not a measure of where you were born, to whom you were born, nor is it a measure of the name of your family.” Cummings told the graduates that their graduation now proves success is really a measure of discipline, hard work and determination.
Education is Important
Addressing the graduates at the 17th Commencement Convocation of the United Methodist University of Liberia at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, Mr. Cummings called on the graduates to help in dispelling the notion that education is not important, stressing, “We must stop this foolish deception trafficked to some of our people that education is irrelevant in the growth and development of our nation.” He disclosed that the wealth of a nation is not measured in the heights of buildings but in the educational capacities of its citizens.
Cummings lamented on the hard living conditions of the Liberian people including the graduates.
“Yesterday, the same people who called and agitated for change, who promised a new dawn of equality of all Liberians, are today committing the same wrongs, and worsening the already difficult conditions of the country and our people” he concluded.
Quality Education Provided through Hard Work of University Staff and Leaders
In his reflection, Dr. Albert B. Coleman, President of the United Methodist University of Liberia said he and his staff have worked to accomplish the mission of university by providing quality education through a number of strategies including, a strong foundation in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, creating a dynamic environment which fosters innovation, openness and creativity. “We did these through the provision of knowledge and skills which are essential for career and personal success, growth and development, Dr. Coleman asserted. He challenged the university staff not to focus on what they cannot do, but instead on what they can do together, so that they can become useful in their service to United Methodist University of Liberia.
“We have worked with all areas in this process, administration, instructional/support staff, and students to change behavior, attitude, and work habits,” Dr. Coleman concluded.
Over 800 students graduated from the various colleges with Business College topping the list with about 300 students. The event marks the 17th Commencement Convocation of the United Methodist University of Liberia and it was held at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville, Liberia on Tuesday, April 20, 2021