Media-Aid Begins 5th Commencement Convocation for 107 Graduands


By Emmanuel T.J Kollie

MediaAid Foundation has begun activities leading to the 5th Commencement Convocation of the ‘Peter Quaqua School of Journalism’-(PQSJ) in Monrovia.

The weeklong graduation program started on Sunday, December 13, with an elaborate Baccalaureate Service held at the Abundant Life Church of God, Lib. (Inc.) in Paynesville.

In his message to the Graduating Class, Ghanaian Missionary Bishop Ransford S. Mensah cautioned them not to limit their aspirations, but to seek opportunities for the advancement of their journalism career.

Bishop Mensah also urged the graduands to be committed and hardworking in the furtherance of a better life.

In a statement, MediaAid disclosed that about 107 successful candidates will be awarded diplomas after the completion of PQSJ nine months intensive and hands-on media education program.

Of the total number that comprises 48 females and 59 males, 37 are currently in mainstream journalism including KMTV’s Emmanuel TJ Kollie and others at various media entities, thus putting the total number of graduates to 338 from 2015 to 2020.

The graduation activities continued on Tuesday, December 15, with a ‘General Field Trip’ comprising both the graduands and all students in Kakata, Margibi County.

This will be followed by Awards/Dinner Night on Thursday, 17 December 2020 at KTC Hall in Matadi to be lectured by Mr. Peter Quaqua, President of the West African Journalists Association-WAJA.

Meanwhile, the Founder/Director of the Liberia Media Democratic Initiatives-LMDI, Mr. John O. Kollie is expected to deliver this year’s Commencement Address on Friday, December 18. on the Theme: “Sustaining Liberia’s Democracy, Roles & Responsibilities of The Media.”