The African Methodist Episcopal University (AME) has climaxed its 14th commencement convocation with 483 students receiving undergraduate degrees in different disciplines while honorary degrees were conferred on others. The exercise took place at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Stadium yesterday.
Commencement speaker, Reverend James Levert Davis, prelate of the 9th Episcopal District , AME Church admonished the graduates that learning is about oneself therefore they should understand that with the degrees they have different statuses and are totally different people as they have walked through a university.
Rev. Davis encouraged them to try comparing themselves from the time they were freshmen students to the time that they have obtained degrees and see that things have changed noting that indeed God is awesome.
He said the greatest thing a person should come to learn and realize is that they have life and as such they ought to make sure they make the best of it as they enjoy what they chose to do with the rest of what life has to offer.
The servant prelate said most of all; human beings should show gratitude to whoever passes their way and most especially those who make meaningful contributions along the way in getting them to realize the fullness of this life adding, “Life like society is what you make it therefore live with integrity and honesty because the world has rules.”
He said as a successful person he has tried to live the world’s rules which he identified as ‘staying on your side.’ Rev. Davis said you were raised to understand morals and be people with integrity noting, “even as you walk out of these walls, do not allow peer pressure to make you lose your focus.”
He further said the next rule is ‘eat the fish and spill out’ the bones meaning the easy way is not always the best way for our contributions are far more better than what we get in return. The last rule he said is ‘taking care of God’s business and He will take care of you.’
The commencement speaker told the graduates that they must embrace God’s business noting, “everything you do honorably is God’s business” thereby committing upon them to understand that it is God who made them and that they should believe in God and He will take care of their future.
Meanwhile, honorary degrees were conferred upon three individuals; they were the guest speaker, Rev. Davis, Doctor of Divinity; Mrs. Arelis Beevers Davis, Doctor of Humane Letters and Mr. Ezzat N. Eid, Doctor of Humanity.
In other developments, of the 483 graduates, three are practicing journalists from the Liberian media. They are Ms. Estelle Liberty, news caster of Power FM who received a degree of Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA); Ms. Melody Mezay, newscaster of Real TV with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Mr. Adolphus Marwolo, the only graduate with Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science.