Alumni support indicates commitment to DWU

Divine Word University graduates have been commended for kick-starting a fundraising drive to support their alma mater.

University Council Chairperson Archbishop Douglas Young SVD congratulated the alumni during his welcome remarks at the inaugural fundraising dinner by the graduates to support their university in Madang on Saturday 8th July, 2017.

Archbishop Young said the fundraising event was the sort of contribution to DWU that the University Council expects from the alumni.

He said the Council would like to see “our alumni to gradually and actually take ownership of our university.”

Archbishop Young said that when alumni take ownership and have a sense of identity with the University, they are committed to its future.

“I like to think that when the updated history (of DWU) is written, this is the occasion when alumni began to take full ownership of the University and from there it went on from strength to strength, ”said the former lecturer of DWU.

DWU alumni and National and Supreme Court Judge Justice Nicholas Kirriwom was among the sponsors. Justice Kirriwom was one of the invited dignitaries. Justice Kirriwom spoke of how privileged he was to be part of a great journey that is DWU for nearly 50 years.

Two hundred and two guests attended the dinner. This included invited guests, alumni, friends, members of the missionary congregations and business community representatives in Madang.

The dinner was to raise funds for the replacement dormitories for the aging Brothers and Feehan halls of residents for male undergraduate students.