The 2015 Commencement Exercises of the Catholic University Institute of Buea (CUIB) was launched on December 10th 2015 at the Corpus Christi Parish of the Institution, with Vespers and Benediction and the launching of the First International Eucharistic “Paga” Festival Explosion.
During the launching mass, the President of CUIB Rev. Fr. George Nkeze who was the main celebrant said, starting the Commencement Exercises with benediction is the highest scarifies we can offer to God for his grace over our lives. During his sermon Fr. George underlined that spirituality is the core value of CUIB adding that “In CUIB, spirituality is rooted in the energy that drives us to do the right thing”. This energy according to Fr. George is guided by the search for meaning, the reminder of an inevitable end and the existence of a superior being above all beings.
Fr. George Nkeze highlighted that,Eucharistic celebrations at CUIB is not to convert people to Catholics, but to help them understand their spirituality and the catholic faith mentioning that all religions are embraced at the City of Saints and Scholars. Drawing from Genesis 4 verse 3, Fr. George said “it is all about sacrifices to God which is a display of our spiritual nature” and not CUIB or religion, as religion has been a great set back to the efforts of humanity. Talking on the First International Eucharistic “Paga” Festival Explosion, Fr. George defined “Paga” as an encounter with God stating that anyone who has an encounter with God never remains the same.
At the end of the launch Fr. George said his greatest dream is to see a Cameroon with a different mindset; that is, people who can embrace a Eucharistic culture of praise and create a positive impact in the society.
The Commencement Exercises will run from the 10th to the 17th of December 2015 with a series of events and activities to celebrate the flagship traditions, core values and uniqueness of CUIB.