Jubilation at AUA’s 11th Graduation Ceremony


Over the past weekend, the Adventist University of Africa (AUA) ceremoniously graduated over 60 postgraduate students. Families of the graduates, faculty, staff and friends assembled at the University’s Simeon Nyachae Auditorium to celebrate the graduates’ achievements. The graduates committed to learning, labouring and leading for eternity while discovering new horizons in service.

The air was euphoric at the Adventist University of Africa as it graduated its first doctoral students in the PhD in Leadership programme. Among them was a lady from Togo and three gentlemen from Malawi, Botswana and Nigeria respectively. Nine Doctor of Ministry graduates were also conferred their degrees by the Chancellor, Dr Blasious Ruguri, who is also the President of the East-Central Africa Division of Seventh-day Adventists.


In a heartfelt consecration service, the first and former Vice-Chancellor to AUA, Prof. Brempong Owusu-Antwi, passionately urged the graduands to cling to God through much prayer and to have a genuine faith as they await the soon coming of Christ. He emphasized that they were to serve Christ regardless of their position through continuous learning, selfless labour and Christ-like leadership. He testified to God’s faithfulness and rejoiced at the growth of the University from its humble beginnings when it had only two employees and one building.

Elder Emmanuel Manu, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the West-Central Africa Division of Seventh-day Adventists, encouraged the class to make a difference—a positive difference in his baccalaureate address. He stated that unity was a positive way of making a difference and urged the graduates to unite for action rather than pulling each other down or apart. Mr. Manu surprised the audience by mentioning that while the three Divisions in Africa make 45% of the world Church, they only contribute 2% of the world Church budget. He stirred the graduates with, "You are not a chicken, you are an eagle! Go out and make a difference."

In a rousing speech, the Commencement speaker, Dr Weymouth Spence, said that, “Education is the pathway to success.” And qualified it further by saying “Christian education is the guaranteed pathway to success and to eternity.” Dr Spence, President of Washington Adventist University, urged the graduates not to be pushed by the fears in their minds, but rather to be led by the promises in God’s word.” He challenged the graduates to “Go improve the world one person at a time” and charged them that they can do all things through Christ who strengthens them.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr Vincent Injety, charged the graduates to be leaders of integrity, loving service, to be lifelong learners and thought leaders.


Dignitaries present at the event included the Vice-President and Education Director for the Southern Africa Indian Ocean Division of Seventh-day Adventists, Dr Harrington Akombwa and Dr Felix Njini respectively, High Commissioner from Malawi, H. E. Madam Calista Mutharika, Malawi ASI member Dr Thomson Mpingajira, East-Central Africa Division officers, among many others.