1600 STUDENTS GRADUATE DURING THE 18TH CONGREGATION HELD AT MIOTSO CAMPUS20th Nov 2019
It was all joy and smiles as over 1600 students from 8 schools and faculties graduated with various degrees during the 18th congregation ceremony on Saturday 16th November at the Miotso campus.
The well attended event was graced by members the University Council, members of convocation, parents and well wishers as well as students and members of the general public.
The Chancellor, Rev. Dr. Mensa Otabil congratulated the graduates and reminded them that there are many significant stakeholders like their parents, spouses, friends and Central University who are very eager that they succeed. He advised them to remain grateful for the various contributions these people have made in their lives and make them proud wherever they find themselves.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Bill Puplampu in his speech celebrated the class of 2019 for their hard work over their period of studies at Central University while expressing their deepest gratitude to God for His unfailing love, care and protection extended to the students. He also reported with regret the passing of three bright and young students one of whom would have been graduating at the top of the Pharmacy class on the day. A moment of silence in memory of those departed so unexpectedly was observed. They are
- Benedicta Odoom
- Oswal Afum and
- Bernard Amponsah
On the alumni front, he reported that quite some significant successes were chalked by a growing number of Alumni. Selected cases highlighted were:
- 9 members of our foundation Faculty of Law cohort from 2014 were called to the Bar in October
- Ms. Elizabeth Ewudiwa, the overall best student from 2017/18 won most outstanding delegate at a Global SDG event in Thailand
- Ms. Asomaniwaa Owusu-Ansah, CU Pharmacy Alum from 2012 won an award at the 2019 International Society of Oncology Pharmacy Practitioners
- Mr. Victor Otsu, 2010 Alum adjudged HR rising star at the HR Focus ceremony and
- Mr. Kafui Anyomedie Architecture alum of 2014 – the guest speaker was adjudged best performing student in the 2019 Architecture Professional Practice Examination.
He noted that the evidence was clear that we may be only 21yrs old, but you our students and alum were already making waves.
Professor Bill Buenar Puplampu, Vice Chancellor
“Our vision for the future is to become the preferred destination for students who are looking for University education in the private sector; improving our research and advocacy footprint; grow and consolidate our science offerings and embed in our students, strong ethical values” he emphasised.
He also called on government to have a meeting and discuss a supportive agenda for the private universities to enable them take on the definite increase in demand for Higher Education access as a consequence of the forward looking Free SHS. The prospect of having even more public universities increase their annual intake to well over 10,000 each time raises issues of relevance, quality and focus; he wondered.
On his part, Mr. Kafui Kweku Anyomedie, a 2014 alumnus of Central University who was the Guest Speaker asked the graduands not to be corrupted by the world outside the classroom as they prepare to pursue their careers.
“Today, our country faces a myriad of problems, problems that we are the solution of. Corruption runs rife, crippling our systems and institutions, and we have all played a part in it,” he intimated.
Mr. Anyomedie, and a trained architect , advised the graduating class not to allow the corruption cancer to infest them but rather ensure that the values of Faith, Integrity and Excellence inherited from the CU guide their every action.
He asked the students to dedicate themselves to the right principles and reminded them that as they step out of the confines of Central University into the world they should be men and women grounded in these values and with this bedrock, they would surely overcome the ills that bedevil the nation.
“The world would try to break you and beat you down. Let it be said of you, that was a woman dedicated to excellence that was a man of integrity that was a Central University Alumnus who changed the face of our nation” he stated.
Miss Queendelah Adu-Poku, the Best Banking and Finance student as well the overall best Female Student and awardee of the Chancellor’s Award was the valedictorian at the 18th congregation. Graduating with a final cumulative grade point average (FCGPA) of 3.98, Queendela took the baton from Ewudziwa Elizabeth who also swept three awards last year with a 4.0 GPA.
She expressed her appreciation to God,her parents, faculty and staff of the university who helped her in her journey to this level. She also confessed that the various leadership roles she had taken while in school largely contributed to the leader she has turned out to be.
“In 2016, I was appointed Class Representative, a role I initially avoided due to all the responsibilities it came with. However, it was a great start to becoming the leader I wish to be. In 2017, I started taking an active part in the Banking and Finance Students’ Association by joining the Finance Committee. I also had the opportunity to represent the university in various competitions and won various awards including the New Business Challenge organised by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Ghana.
This year, she was accepted into the Bank of America’s Africa Summer Analyst Program as the first ever Ghanaian Compliance intern and the first Central University student on the program.
On behalf of the class of 2019, she thanked the University for the investment it has made into their future and promised that they will practice the lessons they have learnt into their work and daily lives.
Mr. Raymond Dordoye, a final year marketing student and musician as well as the University choir, gave splendid musical performances that at certain points got the graduands and their sponsors jumping to their feet in jubilation and appreciation to God.
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