Sun | Dec 15, 2019

Where to get a degree in indecency

Published:Friday | November 22, 2019 | 12:37 AM


The 2019 graduation class from the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, as a result of the valedictory speech, depicts a bad batch off the production line.

It cannot, and should not, be that Mr Waldane Walker, after completing four years of studies, found it fitting to close his speech with “Big up unuh b..c.. self”.

What is alarming, too, is that there are staff and faculty members that support his behaviour, using excuses, ranging from “the speaker endured hardship to complete his studies”, to “just being creative”.

When did indecency become creative? Would it be foolish of me to think that we can now expect presentations from the college to have no regard or respect for their audience?

Here is my advice, especially to the faculty: at no time in our lifespan you will witness wrong superseding the morals of right. And to aid in your teaching, I quote from the Bible – James 4:17 English Standard Version: “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin”.


As leaders, we are given the opportunity to maintain law and order, to sustain the Earth for others. Decency is decency.

So as to ensure that we all get a taste of what life can be, society creates a place and time for just about anything we desire. A graduation ceremony is certainly not the place for expletives, certainly not in a valedictory speech.

I request that the board of the college think about its purpose and who the institution is catering for as it pertains to our future professionals.

Please, expand innovation and creativeness, but preserve the mind of the child.