“Graduating from Presbyterian University, Ghana (PUG) is no small achievement, and you have demonstrated your intellectual prowess, resilience, and commitment to excellence,” Professor John Ofosu-Anim commended the graduands when he delivered his address at the 17th Graduation Ceremony held at the RTC auditorium at Abetifi-Kwahu on 3rd November, 2023.
The 2023 graduating class were the first to earn their degrees since PUG transitioned from a University College, to a fully-fledged University. A total of 557 undergraduates comprising 256 males and 301 females; 59 postgraduates comprising 39 males and 20 females were conferred with degrees at the ceremony.
The Vice-Chancellor congratulated the eleven pioneering law students of the University who gained admission into the Ghana School of Law, in 2021 and were called to the Bar at the just ended 60th Call to the Bar Ceremony held on Friday, 20th October, 2023 in Accra.
Professor Ofosu-Anim, the Vice-Chancellor of PUG reiterated that the PUG educational philosophy provides experiences that “have not only enriched your minds but have also shaped your character, teaching you the values of teamwork, perseverance, and adaptability – qualities that will be invaluable as you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the world beyond these walls.”
Prof. John Ofosu-Anim, Vice-Chancellor of PUG addressing the gathering at the ceremony
The Vice-Chancellor charged the graduands to contribute their quota to address challenges such as menace of environmental pollution, indiscipline, corruption among others which are holding back national development.
Professor Ofosu-Anim admonished the graduating students to embrace diversity, foster understanding, and engage with different perspectives noting that “dialogue and cooperation are the surest ways to address the most pressing issues facing the country.”
He said “as graduates of Presbyterian University, Ghana, you bear a responsibility to contribute to the well-being of your communities, your countries, and the world at large. Be leaders who promote inclusivity, equality, and sustainability.”
The Vice-Chancellor express gratitude to the Chancellor of the PUG, Rt. Rev. Prof. Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante for his “dedication, visionary leadership, and profound commitment” to the University noting that his impact will be felt “for years to come, serving as a beacon of inspiration for future leaders and learners.”
A section of the graduates at the ceremony
The Chancellor presided over his last Graduation Ceremony at the University as he ends his term of office as the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) at the end of November, 2023. The Moderator by default becomes the Chancellor of the University.
Prof. Ofosu-Anim also expressed gratitude to the parents, families, and friends who supported the graduates on their journey. “Your unwavering encouragement, love, and sacrifices have played an integral role in their success, and today’s celebration is a testament to your dedication as well,” he said.