Jeremiah C. Sulunteh, Liberian ambassador to the United States, will be keynote speaker at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s spring 2015 commencement at 11 a.m. Friday in the Cajundome.

Sulunteh is described in a university news release as a prominent Liberian politician, administrator and former professor who was appointed Liberia’s minister of transport by the country’s first democratically elected president in 2006.

He served in the role until 2008 and then served as minister of post and telecommunications from 2008 to 2010 and minister of labor from 2010 to 2012.

Sulunteh was broadly credited with beginning the reconstruction of Liberia’s infrastructure after successive civil wars that killed 250,000 people between 1989 and 2003, according to information provided by the university.

As labor minister, he championed labor law reform legislation intended to improve workplaces. As minister of transport, he saw to it that an elementary school and junior high school were built in his hometown of Gboimu so children would not have to walk 3 miles every morning to another town, as he had done.

He was appointed in 2012 as ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Republic of Liberia to the United States.

Sulunteh was an economics professor at the University of Liberia from 1995-97 and at Cuttington University College in Liberia from 2002-10. He holds a master’s degree in economics from York University in Toronto; a master of public administration from American University in Cairo; and a bachelor of science degree in economics from Cuttington University College in Liberia.

Sulunteh will speak during the general assembly of graduates.

Each college holds its own ceremony throughout Friday:


8 a.m.: College of Education

1:30 p.m.: B.I. Moody III College of Business

4 p.m.: College of Liberal Arts.

Cajundome Convention Center — Exhibit Hall B (1st Floor)

8 a.m: College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions

1:30 p.m.: University College

4 p.m.: College of Engineering.

Cajundome Convention Center — Festival Ballroom (2nd Floor)

8 a.m.: College of the Arts

1:30 p.m.: Ray P. Authement College of Sciences.