CUCG Marks 20th Congregation and 30th Matriculation

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A total number of 512, comprising 268 undergraduates and 244 Post-graduates students were graduated, whilst 800 fresh students were admitted into the university for the 2021/2022 academic year to pursue various diploma and degree programmes. The joint ceremony which was held on the 27th of November, 2021 assembled a number of dignitaries such as Most Rev. Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi, Chairman, CUCG Governing Council; Most Rev. Peter Kwaku Atuahene, Bishop of Goaso; Hon. Justina Owusu-Banahene, Regional Minister, Bono Region; Dr. Daniel McKorley, Founder and Executive Chairman, McDan Group of Companies, who was the Guest Speaker; Hon. Ansu Kumi, MCE, Sunyani Municipal Assembly; Prof. Kwamena Kwansah Aidoo, Rector, Ghana Institute of Journalism; Prof. Gabriel A. Teye, Vice Chancellor, University of Development Studies; Prof. Emmanuel Kofi Gyimah, Vice Chancellor Representative, University of Cape Coast; Prof. John Gyimah, Vice Chancellor Representative, University of Ghana, Legon among others.

Constituting the Assembly, the Chairman of the Governing Council who is also the Bishop of Sunyani, Most Rev. Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi advised parents and guardians to be patient with their wards and never mount unnecessary pressures on them. He also edged parents to continue to support their wards until they secure a job. The President of the Catholic University College of Ghana, Prof. Daniel Obeng-Ofori in his address, said CUCG was transforming itself, and harnessing the Catholic quality brand to become a globally competitive and student-centered teaching and learning institution. To the matriculants, he told them to take advantage of every facility available to develop themselves and to prepare for future opportunities and challenges. He again encouraged graduands to apply the knowledge they have gained in their programmes at CUCG to the service of humanity because it is his strong belief that they have a stake in shaping the lives of other Ghanaians they will come into contact with. Concluding he told them to see their graduation today as a calling to serve God and humanity. Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, the Bono Regional Minister, in her goodwill message to both graduands and matriculants said the government recognised and appreciated the contributions of the Catholic Church, as key partners of development. She elaborated that the contribution of the Catholic Church is not only evident in Education but in the health, agriculture, finance and environmental sectors of our country. Happily, this institution has raised a lot of great personalities who are contributing massively to the development of this country in their various fields of study”, she noted.

In his address, Dr. Daniel McKorley, the Guest Speaker for the day, indicated that though the theoretical and grammar aspect of education remained essentials to life, however, entrepreneurship training held the key to addressing graduate unemployment, stressing that universities ought to re-focus and prioritize entrepreneurship. This could be achieved if a whole academic year would be dedicated to help sharpen the student’s entrepreneurial skills. This requires that universities and successful entrepreneurs must collaborate to provide avenues and opportunities for final year students to do hands-on practical work. He also stressed that graduates should not expect an easy order of life when they leave school, for life after school is not easy and that they should be prepared to endure the pressures and disappointments that may come their way. Touching on attitude, Dr. McKorley said good attitudes demystifies the road to success in all spheres of life, and advised the graduates to respect time, remain loyal and discipline saying good morals, godliness and perseverance remained imperative for any successful entrepreneur. “About 70 percent of anybody’s wealth comes from attitude, 25 percent skills and only five percent of knowledge” he told the graduates.

As part of the ceremony, some students who excelled in their programmes of study at Faculty level, some staff, and past students received special awards and citation. Miss Alabi Faith Eshozemeh, a Nigerian female student was adjudged the Overall Best Graduating students for the 2021 academic year. In delivering her valedictory speech she stated that being a foreign student in Ghana comes with lots of uncertainties, “I was initially scared because of the experience of others I heard but being an international student in CUCG was a lot easier because of the tremendous support from the staff and lecturers”. I would like to use this opportunity to encourage all students’ especially international students to strive to do their best whilst here in CUCG keeping in mind that with great sacrifices come great rewards. The award packages for the outstanding students were sponsored by Stanbic Bank, GCB Bank Zoomlion, Promasidor Gh. Ltd. and MTN.