DWU exists to help parents groom their children

President of Divine Word University, Fr Jan Czuba told parents at the 7th Missioning Ceremony for final year students that the University exists to assist parents raise their children to be better citizens.

Fr Czuba said during the ceremony at the Madang campus on Friday 23rd October that the DWU Community does all it can to ensure the students develop themselves as well-rounded individuals who can confidently transit from a teenager to an adult and from the University to the wider world.

Below is the rest of the speech by the President:

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all hosts of Heaven and earth will pause to say: Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well”. - Dr Martin Luther King

Today, it is my honour, on behalf of the Divine Word University's Community, to welcome to our campus our special guests:His Excellency, Mr Walter North, Ambassador of the United States of America to PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu; Dr Judy Ryan North; and Ms Suzanne Edgecombe, Counsellor Australian High Commission.

Parents, members of the University Council, distinguished guests, fellow staff members, students, ladies and gentlemen.

Thank you for accepting the invitation to this important event. I would like to sincerely welcome you all to the 7th Missioning celebration.

What is missioning ceremony?

Missioning ceremony is the ending process of transition from youth to adulthood. Transition happens every time a person undergoes a major life change: –if your son or daughter was a teenager a few years ago, an important life transition has been accomplished.

This is the transition from being a youth to adulthood – from the University into the world.

The move to adulthood is an exciting time that will provide new opportunities for your son or daughter.

Transition also presents challenges. As the parent of a teenager you may be dealing with the usual challenges of youth as well as challenges related to your child’s future.

When your children enrolled at DWU, they become members of the DWU Community.

Thus the DWU Community is here to offer help and support you so your children could effectively meet those challenges.

The transition to adulthood requires you, your child and the University to work together by offering quality holistic education which empowers your child to make decisions about her or his future.

Dear parents, while the power of the PNG traditional initiation to adulthood is mythical, your child here doesn't become initiated for power or for money.

This initiation through Missioning Ceremony with your prayers and blessing helps the person to move forward in her or his life, often in specific ways and impart the DWU’s core valuesand the power of DWU’s vision into their lives.

When all parents gathered together to pray for their own children;

When all parents gathered together to bless their own children then all hosts of Heaven and earth will pause to say: Here are great parents who do their job well by putting their children’s future into God’s hands.

At this DWU Community we always give thanks to God for all the blessings we do have. We focus on our blessings not on our troubles.

Dear Students, believe in your life vision - your dreams.

Please always keep in mind and heart that your own beliefs and commitment to succeed is more important than any other.

There is no second chance of life here on earth.

You either choose to impact your environment or your environment will define you.

We acknowledge today that it takes self-determination to grow up and become who you really are.

It has taken from you tremendous commitment, discipline and sometimes great courage to continuously engage in systematic academic and non-academic activities at DWU.

Today, in front of your parents I can say with confidence that you have done well. You will bring into your life everything what you learned from this DWU Community, everything that either supports or undermines who you are and what you want to create. Choose wisely.

This is a life-long process – not a light switch. It is tough and it can take a while.

The only thing that provides lasting success and happiness is day by day practice and struggle to achieve success in private and professional life.

It was for you an adventure to be at DWU; however, it is not finished yet as education is a challenge that never ends as long as you are alive.

Those who achieved success do not stop.

They never become satisfied, they keep learning and looking for new opportunities to learn and new sources of knowledge.

Never think you have finished it, there is always more to learn and do.

So far, this has been quite a journey for you. I say “so far” because you have learned here at this DWU Community that lasting success requires lasting engagement in learning, and there is so much to learn.

Legendary television writer and producer Norman Lear said that one of his touchstones of success is to have served as a lightning rod for socially important dialogues.

We hope that the time and study at DWU made you ready to serve our country and the people as a lightning rod for continuing dialogue to enhance the social, economic and cultural conditions in PNG, hence, serving us all living in PNG.

Dear Students, if there is such a thing as a secret to success you have found at DWU, this would be it: If you want success built to last, then create a life that matters to you.

It has been a great honour having you here at DWU and in my life.

I hope I have been helpful to you, as I have always believed that if I made the life of even one person a little bit better, then my life will have been a valuable one.

Thank you for the opportunity.

At DWU you have given birth to that on which you will fix your whole life.

“If you are called to a profession, do it as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare poetry. You should do your work so well that all hosts of Heaven and earth will pause to say; Here lived a great person, former student of DWU who did her/his job well.”

Best of luck for the final academic exams.

Congratulations!

Welcome to real life!

Thank you