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  The President of the Republic HE Dr George Manneh Weah once again stressed the importance of education in nation building and implored young Liberians to aspire to excellence to contribute significantly to the growth and development of Liberia As commencement speaker for the 18th United Methodist University UMU Convocation Ceremony on Tuesday August 30 2022 President Weah expressed his joy that the graduates were able to muster the courage to take the first step to acquire a college education but impressed them to explore more frontiers toward self realization and nation building Speaking on the theme Your Journey to the Next World President Weah informed the graduates to order their steps forward because every step they take beyond the walls of UMU will reflect back on the University He told the graduates to adopt a very positive attitude and ensure exceptional performance wherever they are assigned I am not asking you to carry the world on your shoulders nor am I asking you to do more than you are capable of doing Dr Weah further said Just be yourself and know your calling It is often said that a journey of thousands of miles begins with the first step the president reminded the graduates These are the first steps in their journey to create a state of the art purpose built spacious and functional infrastructure in which to impart knowledge and build character in our students today so that they can become productive characterful and well behaved citizens tomorrow He continued Technically you got here because you work with others your instructors your friends your sponsors your mentors and your family members For some of you the categories of people I just mentioned may have been very supportive and perhaps they have even caused some setbacks for them while others may have presented them with challenges that positively shaped their intellectual position in life The Liberian leader also warned graduates to ensure that their journey into the world is not determined by friends or President Weah added You can consult and seek advice but ultimately the final decision must be made by yourself As you step off the ship called United Methodist University prepare for the challenges that await you adapt to the labor market adapt to student life and the reality of taking care of their families He also exhorted the graduates to take with them what the University taught them reminding other graduates before them that they are doing well thanks to the quality education that UMU provides them I am a witness because many of those people are working with me in this government he said I want you to do well so that the torch of light that United Methodist University represents to the world continues to shine because as the name of your class implies that light must never be hidden President Weah also praised the extraordinary efforts of the UMU administration to shape the minds of young graduates According to him it will only take the collective efforts of all to ensure that the name of the University is protected urging them to keep an eye on the graduates as they interact with the rest of the world outside the University You must consider them as your partners in building the new Liberia President Weah said that by shaping the minds of students UMU is also supporting the Government s work in the education sector as great efforts are being made to make quality education available to the youth of Liberia Such efforts he added are in line with the objectives of the Educational Pillar of the national development plan the Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development PADP President Weah encouraged the United Methodist Church which operates this University to continue to complement the Government s efforts in the education sector which he said is of paramount importance to the future growth and development of Liberia Around 1 335 students 61 of them women received degrees in various disciplines from the University founded in 1998
President Weah encourages United Methodist University (UMU) graduates to aspire to greatness

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The President of the Republic, HE Dr. George Manneh Weah, once again stressed the importance of education in nation building and implored young Liberians to aspire to excellence to contribute significantly to the growth and development of Liberia.

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As commencement speaker for the 18th United Methodist University (UMU) Convocation Ceremony on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, President Weah expressed his joy that the graduates were able to muster the courage to take the first step to acquire a college education, but impressed them to explore more frontiers toward self-realization and nation-building.

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Speaking on the theme, “Your Journey to the Next World”, President Weah informed the graduates to order their steps forward because every step they take beyond the walls of UMU will reflect back on the University.

He told the graduates to adopt a very positive attitude and ensure exceptional performance wherever they are assigned.

“I am not asking you to carry the world on your shoulders, nor am I asking you to do more than you are capable of doing,” Dr. Weah further said.

“Just be yourself and know your calling.” “It is often said that a journey of thousands of miles begins with the first step,” the president reminded the graduates.

“These are the first steps in their journey to create a state-of-the-art, purpose-built, spacious and functional infrastructure in which to impart knowledge and build character in our students today, so that they can become productive, characterful and well-behaved citizens tomorrow.

He continued: “Technically, you got here because you work with others, your instructors, your friends, your sponsors, your mentors, and your family members.

For some of you, the categories of people I just mentioned may have been very supportive, and perhaps they have even caused some setbacks for them, while others may have presented them with challenges that positively shaped their intellectual position in life.”

The Liberian leader also warned graduates to ensure that their journey into the world is not determined by friends or President Weah added: “You can consult and seek advice, but ultimately the final decision must be made by yourself.

As you step off the ship called United Methodist University, prepare for the challenges that await you; adapt to the labor market, adapt to student life and the reality of taking care of their families”.

He also exhorted the graduates to take with them what the University taught them, reminding other graduates before them that they are doing well thanks to the quality education that UMU provides them.

“I am a witness, because many of those people are working with me in this government,” he said.

“I want you to do well so that the torch of light that United Methodist University represents to the world continues to shine, because as the name of your class implies, that light must never be hidden.” President Weah also praised the extraordinary efforts of the UMU administration to shape the minds of young graduates.

According to him, it will only take the collective efforts of all to ensure that the name of the University is protected, urging them to keep an eye on the graduates as they interact with the rest of the world outside the University.

“You must consider them as your partners in building the new Liberia.”

President Weah said that by shaping the minds of students, UMU is also supporting the Government’s work in the education sector as great efforts are being made to make quality education available to the youth of Liberia.

Such efforts, he added, are in line with the objectives of the Educational Pillar of the national development plan, the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PADP).

President Weah encouraged the United Methodist Church, which operates this University, to continue to complement the Government’s efforts in the education sector, which he said is of paramount importance to the future growth and development of Liberia.

Around 1,335 students, 61% of them women, received degrees in various disciplines from the University founded in 1998.

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