The 5th Session of the 5th Congregation – University of Cape Coast (2023)

Chairman of Council; Vice-Chancellor; Members of the Governing Council; The Honourable Central Regional Minister; Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, Paramount Chief of the Oguaa Traditional Area and Entourage; Vice-Chancellors of Sister Universities; Pro Vice-Chancellor and Pro Vice-Chancellors of Sister Universities; The Registrar and Registrars of Sister Universities; Nananom; Members of the Diplomatic Corps; Other Government Functionaries; Members of Parliament for Cape Coast North and Cape Coast South; Members of Convocation; The Clergy; Staff, Students and Alumni of University of Cape Coast; Distinguished Guests; The Media; Ladies and Gentlemen;

Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, esteemed faculty, proud parents and guardians, and, most importantly, our accomplished graduates, a very warm welcome to you all on this momentous occasion of the 5th Session of the 55th Congregation Ceremony. I am delighted to preside over this Session which is dedicated to persons who completed their programmes of study at the end of the 2021/2022 academic year.

As the Chancellor of this esteemed institution, I am honored to stand before you today to celebrate the achievements of our exceptional students who have demonstrated their commitment to knowledge, excellence, and perseverance. The University of Cape Coast prides itself on being an entrepreneurial and innovative institution with a well-earned reputation for producing relevant research aimed at tackling the myriad of developmental challenges that Ghana faces today. Our university has been steadfast in its mission to equip students with the skills, knowledge, and resilience needed to address pressing issues, and we remain committed to this cause.

Today, we celebrate the hard work, dedication, and achievements of our postgraduate students as they transition into the next chapter of their lives. However, I must acknowledge that this transition is occurring during a time of great uncertainty and adversity for our nation. We are facing unprecedented times against the backdrop of complex, volatile and uncertain economic and geopolitical developments. This situation has fostered a growing sense of hopelessness and helplessness among our youth, a development which has the potential to undermine the security and stability of our nation.

In the face of these challenges, I would like to take this opportunity to address both the graduating class and the decision-makers in our society. Let me start with some observations on the difficult choices we face as a nation. It is not business as usual and none of us should pretend it is. The times call for a a healthy dose of humility in decision making as we navigate the difficult path of economic restructuring. In this regard, it is crucial that we take our decisions with empathy and a keen understanding of the impact of our actions on the lives of our citizens. Our policies must not exacerbate the existing struggles facing by our people. In these challenging times, we must listen more and speak less. As a nation, we must come together to face these challenges head-on. We must foster a spirit of unity, resilience, and determination. Let us work collectively to create opportunities for our youth and build a future that is filled with promise and prosperity. We must listen to the voices of our youth and consider their perspectives as we develop policies and strategies for the betterment of our nation. Engage with them, learn from their experiences, and work together to create an environment where everyone can thrive.

To the graduating class, I urge you to view these challenging times as an opportunity for growth, innovation, and change. You UCC journey has given you the essential skills needed to weather the current storm. You have learnt to be versatile, innovative and adaptable. You have also learnt that in life, success in any endeavour is a product of hard work, commitment, dedication, discipline and of course the right attitude. Let me remind all of you that It is during the most trying moments in history that true leaders emerge, and your education has provided you with the tools to become those leaders. As you step into the world, remember to use your knowledge, creativity, and passion to make a positive impact on our society. As you embark on the next phase of your lives, I encourage you to stay curious, never stop learning, and don’t shy away from challenges. Your journey may not always be smooth but preservers because it is through adversity that we grow stronger and wiser. The future of our nation lies in your hands. Use the knowledge and skills you have gained here to make a difference, not only in your own lives but also in the lives of those around you. Remain true to the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit that UCC has instilled in you. Today, you join the ranks of the many proud alumni of the University of Cape Coast, and I have no doubt that you will make us proud.

I would like to take this opportunity to applaud the dedication and hard work of our esteemed faculty members.

Your unwavering commitment to the success of our students is truly commendable. You have guided, mentored, and inspired these graduates, helping them realize their full potential and preparing them for the challenges that lie ahead. Thank you for your invaluable contributions to the academic and personal growth of our students.

To the parents and guardians present, I express my heartfelt gratitude for your unfailing support and encouragement throughout your children’s educational journey. Your love, sacrifices, and belief in their abilities have played a crucial role in their success. It is a moment of great pride for you as well, as you witness the fruits of your labor and dedication. I must also commend the University of Cape Coast for creating a conducive environment for learning and personal growth. Our institution has continuously provided the necessary resources and infrastructure to ensure that our students thrive academically, socially, and emotional In conclusion, I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to the class of 2023. May you go forth with courage, hope, and unwavering commitment to using your talents for the greater good. We are proud of your accomplishments, and we are confident that you will make a difference in the world. Thank you, and once again, congratulations!