The University of Ghana is, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, holding a virtual graduation ceremony, for students who completed their programs of study during the 2019/2020 academic year.
The ceremony which started today, November 30, is expected to end on December 5, 2020.
Throughout the seventeen (17) sessions, degrees from the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, the College of Education, the College of Health Sciences, the College of Humanities, and the school of Graduate Studies shall be awarded to qualified graduands.
Friday, December 4, 2020, is however excluded since it is a National Holiday.
Today’s ceremony which comprised of 4 sessions, was held for students from the School of Graduate studies.
Speaking at the ceremony, Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof Ebenezer Oduro Owusu cautioned all and sundry to put a stop to stigmatizing persons who have either contracted or recovered from COVID 19 while beseeching all to adhere strictly to COVID 19 protocols.
“Continue to keep yourself and others safe by observing the safety protocols. Always remember that stigma makes a precarious situation worse. Do not reaffirm existing prototypes about persons who have been infected or recovered from the disease and let your words spread hope.”
“I wish you all the best in your endeavors, once again congratulations,” he added.
The guest speaker for Monday’s session, First Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr. Maxwell Opoku Afare encouraged all the graduands to develop themselves and aspire to be better persons as they climb the academic Ladder.
“There’s nothing more fulfilling than knowing that your academic pursuit over the years has climaxed to this memorable occasion. Determine to upgrade your academic credentials to be your undergraduate qualification. As a post-graduate degree holder, your guiding principle should be to make a change in your environment. Set clear goals for yourself, envision your success, do not succumb to mediocrity, and work diligently to achieve these goals,” he said.
Additionally, he reminded students to “always remember, the certificate you have received today is your insurance policy with the premium paid in full by your hard work. The value of the certificate depends on what you do with it as you progress through life.”
Further speaking, Best graduating Ph.D. student, Kofi Sarpong Adu-Manu, lauded school authorities for creating an enabling environment for Ph.D. students amidst the challenges that exist in pursuing such a degree in the country.
“it is challenging pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Ghana. Reasons include lack of funding, resource centers, laboratories, offices for Ph.D. candidates, and the fear of perpetually staying on the program. Most of us have to work to raise funds to support ourselves and to survive in the program.”
“Here at the University of Ghana, we were fortunate to be offered a top-class education that sets us apart among our peers. Amidst the stated challenges UG created a conducive environment for us to reach our maximum potential and open doors to opportunities of which most of us took advantage,” he scored.
In all, 2,750 graduate students exited. Out of this, 130 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees and 500 Masters of Philosophy (Mphil) degrees were awarded.