The 93rd Commencement Convocation of the University of Liberia took place yesterday with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf challenging the 1,827 graduates in various areas of discipline to strive to conquer the world by setting an example for the younger generation.
The President who is also Visitor to the University, admonished the new graduates to make rational use of the knowledge they have acquired. She also cautioned them to be aware that all is not rosy as they will encounter many problems and challenges in life.
The President re-emphasized the need for the government to improve the quality of education to enable country to meet its human development needs.
At the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Stadium in Paynesville, about 1,827 candidates received bachelor degrees after graduating from full four-year academic courses in various disciplines.
Statistics say about 1,582 candidates earned bachelor degrees from six undergraduate colleges, while 283 others received their masters and professional degrees in various fields of academic discipline.
According to the statistics, 451 or 29 per cent of 1,820 graduates were females, while 1,369 or 71 per cent were males. Of the six undergraduate colleges, the College of Business and Public Administration tops the list with 925 candidates, followed by Liberia College with 339. The College of General Studies produced only one female candidate for the midterm graduation.
Some 238 candidates were cleared for the Graduate and Professional Studies with 67 females, constituting 23 per cent. At the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, 38 candidates graduated and only one person came out from the School of Pharmacy. There was one graduate from the Medical School, according to the statistics.
Department carried the highest number of graduates with 494, followed by 259 graduates from the Sociology Department and one grat from the French Department. In the Department of College of Science and Technology, 146 candidates graduated and 85 students graduated from the Biology Department while one person each received the bachelor degree from the Departments of Mathematics, Mining Engineering and Physics.