A session of the UPSA congregation.
The University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) marked a historic moment at the 5th Session of the 15th Congregation held on Tuesday, December 12, where a record-breaking number of 5,156 students graduated, representing the highest number in the university’s history for a single academic year.
The special guest of honour for the occasion was President Nana Addo-Danquah Akufo-Addo.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abednego Amartey, expressed his sincere appreciation for the President’s presence and welcomed other distinguished guests, including the Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, and the Minister for National Security, Kan Dapaah.
In his address, Professor Amartey highlighted the significant achievements of the graduating class, providing detailed statistics for the 2022/2023 academic year.
The University conferred degrees upon a total of 5,156 students, comprising 1,146 postgraduate, 3,106 undergraduate, and 904 diploma students. This marked a historic milestone for UPSA, demonstrating its commitment to academic excellence.
The School of Graduate Studies alone presented 176 students for graduation at the final session, including 2 Doctor of Philosophy students, 10 Master of Philosophy students, 151 Master of Arts students, and 13 Master of Science students. The Vice-Chancellor proudly noted that the university had earlier presented 970 students for master’s degrees and postgraduate diplomas at the 4th Session of the 15th Congregation.
Honorary Doctorate Degrees
A highlight of the ceremony was the conferment of honorary doctorate degrees on three distinguished Ghanaian individuals. The recipients, all accomplished females, were recognized for their exceptional contributions to Ghanaian society and beyond. The honourees included Her Excellency Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, Founder and first CEO of the Rebecca Foundation; Rt. Hon. Justice Joyce Bamford-Addo, the first female Speaker of Parliament and the only female Speaker of Parliament to date, and the first female Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana; and Her Ladyship Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, the first female Chief Justice in Ghana.
Professor Amartey described the ceremony as the “day of the firsts.” Not only did the event celebrate the achievements of distinguished females, but it also marked the first time that the new Chancellor of UPSA presided over a graduation ceremony.
The Vice-Chancellor took a moment to express gratitude to the Chancellor for his support of UPSA, particularly for the establishment of the Chancellor’s Research Fund. The fund, aimed at supporting research, has already accumulated more than half a million Ghana cedis, well on its way to reaching the desired goal of GHȼ5 million.
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