From the 16th to the 18th of November 2017, The University of Ghana, Legon held a biannual graduation ceremony for the second batch of 2016/17 students at the Great Hall of the School. Over 900 students graduated on the 18th with PhD, MPhil, EMBA, MBA, MA, MSC, LLM and MFA from the School’s College of Humanities.
To begin the ceremony, Mrs. Stella Dovlo, the School Administrator of the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) called upon Professor Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu to deliver the welcome address in the stead of the Chancellor.
The Vice -Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Ebenezer Oduro-Owusu in his speech, congratulated the graduands. He commended them for pursuing their education dedicatedly to a successful end and advised them to go into the world ready to solve problems head on with the knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout their stay. Outlining the school’s prospective strategic plans and a report on the school’s yearly activities, he stated that the school has drawn some strategic plans that would address and facilitate admission, research innovation, infrastructural progress and new institutional partnerships to ensure a quality teaching and learning experience in the school.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, the school has within the previous years taken special interest in ease of access to information and technological advancement to enhance the learning experience of students. This he said, has facilitated the provision of 900 Wi-Fi access points on the school’s campus. Special attention is also provided to the visually impaired students with an ongoing IT skills training programme in addition to the 429 scholarships which were awarded as financial aids to selected students in the school.
Aside academic and infrastructural feats, the Vice-Chancellor commended the UG Sports Directorate for the successes of the school’s various sports teams bringing home a total of 33 medals - 10 gold, 12 silver and 11 bronze, from the sporting activities held at the University of Cape Coast.
The main speaker for the ceremony, Dr. Joseph Kwodwo Asenso, head of the Energy, Oil and Gas unit of the real sector division of the Ministry of Finance, commended the graduands for completing their education successfully. “There is not a challenge out there that you cannot solve if and when you put your mind to it, press on till you find fulfilment”, he said as he spurred the graduands on to face the world with bravery. He however advised the graduands to exercise humility in learning while being confident enough to express themselves.
The valedictorian, Felix Gariba, an early career researcher and a graduate of Master of Philosophy degree in accounting from the UGBS spoke next to the graduands. He said, “If your dreams don’t scare you, then they are not big enough.” Hence the graduands should face the world and make it a better place with their talents, innovative skills and agility. In his closing statement, Mr Felix Gariba said all efforts must be geared toward making this world a better place.
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