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Message during the 7th graduation ceremony, Orthodox College of Africa 21st July 2017

Reverend Fathers & Deacons, 
Esteemed Lecturers’ of our Teacher’s College, 
Beloved Graduands ….all Protocols observed,

I greet you in in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

King Solomon, inspired by the Spirit of God, realized and truthfully asserted that fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, in one of his many educative proverbs. That is why, I believe, that all of you wonderful ladies and gentlemen, chose to study in our Christian institution, where the fear of the Lord guides the holistic program day in day out.

Learning is a journey! It is a journey that is both exciting and exhausting. Just like in a competitive race where many people start together but few cross the finish line, so it is with the journey of education. There is never a more joyful day for a student than their graduation day. With the feeling of accomplishment that comes with knowing that you are advancing to the next challenge that your journey brings. Yes. Challenge; you heard me right. I say this because I assure you that you are not going to get far based on what you have learned here; not that your studies were futile, no, but your advancement in life will be based on what you learn after you leave here. It is truly a journey. Learning does not stop after you graduate from college. Neither will it stop after your Bachelors, Masters or PhD. As one academician rightfully said, wisdom acquisition is a moral duty, not just something you do to advance in life. Indeed it only through continuous learning that we can add to the vast knowledge of mankind.

So, on this auspicious day, at this defining moment of our college, allow me to congratulate our graduands, who today receive that crown of accomplishment, for the hours they turned into days, days they turned into months and months they saw age into years for them to get to this defining moment. Hongera mara tena!

It is my sincere hope that your time of learning here in our institution has opened your minds to a different world. A world of unfathomable possibilities, with knowledge of the much you can do to achieve your social vision and purpose in life. Time in such an institution as ours is meant not only to educate you but to also challenge you on things like what you will be willing to spend your capital on, be it moral, intellectual, cash and sweat equity when you leave the halls of our institution. You all have a social responsibility. The world we live in today is more malleable than you may think and it is actually waiting for you to hammer it into shape, regardless of which faculty you are in.

A commencement also comes with a hidden fear; fear of the unknown. Fear of failure and second thoughts, thoughts of whether you really did choose the right course of study, fear of lack of employment afterwards, of not knowing what’s next. However, on the other side of fear there is lots of love, there is love and joy in finding out what you are really meant to be. It is the joy of realizing your potential.

So, beloved graduands, rise to the occasion, hold your head high and thank the Lord for His sufficient grace, for it is surely by His grace that we stand here today. Believe in yourself and believe in the power of your dreams. Think of the many potential students who wished for a similar opportunity but were not that lucky, if indeed luck has anything to do with it. With that in mind, focus on the future with intent to build your own dreams, making the world a better place than it is, one step at a time.

I don’t want to forget the hardworking sacrifice of our devoted lecturers, who in the spirit of service have given their all, to ensure continuity in the line of professional educators; Hongera waalimu wetu! Undoubtedly, your joy is today crowned with the culmination of this auspicious occasion of the 7th commencement of our college. Despite the numerous challenges we have faced over the years, your dedication to service has never faltered. As you continue your noble cause of imparting knowledge, always find joy in knowing that your legacies will forever live on through the countless graduands who have and will craft a future worth emulation through the knowledge you impart here. I truly applaud your efforts and I know that this wonderful class of 2017 does so too. This recognition also goes to all the members of staff of our college, from the Vice Rector all the way to the dedicated individuals who tirelessly ensure that our institution is clean, tidy and beautifully maintained to ensure a tranquil learning environment; I applaud your efforts.

As we work our way towards the realization of an Orthodox University of Africa, I ask for your continued support of our endeavors to ensure the highest levels of professional training and operation. This is not only a dream, but a vision, which we are soon going to realize.

I wish our graduands well in their academic and professional journey, and I pray that the Lord be your guide in all that you do. I only ask this of you, beloved graduands, be great ambassadors of our college. I know you have encountered moments of great happiness as well as instances in which we didn’t please you during your stay here, I ask that you carry with you all the positive moments as true ambassadors, and also our assurance that we shall work on improving our schedules and programmes for the next generation.

God bless you and be with you always.
In His Service,

Archbishop Makarios
Rector
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