Jun 8, 2011, 2:41 PM
Our commendation goes to the University of the Gambia on the occasion of its sixth convocation ceremony, which saw the conferring of award of degrees, diplomas and certificate on hundreds of graduates.
This year’s convocation was indeed historic for many reasons, including the formal inauguration of the third, and first Gambian, Vice-Chancellor of the UTG, Prof. Muhammadou M.O. Kah during this 6th Convocation Ceremony.
It also marked the 10th year anniversary celebration of the University of The Gambia, and the convocation was held at the UTG Brikama campus, and was jointly convened in collaboration with the Gambia College and the Gambia Technical Training Institute.
Despite its constraints due to lack of infrastructure and resources, among others, the UTG, no doubt, has registered tremendous successes since its establishment ten years ago.
The world in which we live is constantly evolving and the demand for a solid education is essential. Believe it or not, those with degrees are much more employable than those that do not acquire one.
To the gradaunts, we say it is important for all of you to know that the university has given you all it takes to build your future. It is now your turn to deliver. A lot of resources have been spent on you, which needs to be reciprocated by contributing your quota to nation-building.
As you go out of the university to face the job market, it is expected of you to put into practice all what you have learnt from the higher institution of learning.
What is expected of you at the moment is to prove to the people that, yes you can do something worthy to the socio-economic development of The Gambia.
To all those high school-leavers, we encourage you to also pursue a course at the university to at least bag a first degree. It is for your own good, since there will come a time when certificate holders will have a limited opportunity in the job market.
Considering its contribution to national development, the university deserves to be supported by all Gambians and non-Gambians alike.
To the UTG, another thing that would make you become one of the best universities is that the professors and instructors you assigned to teach must be persons of high academic caliber.