A total of 826 postgraduate students have been conferred with various master’s degrees at the First Session of the 14th Congregation of the University after a successful completion of their graduate studies at the close of the 2021/2022 academic year.
The graduating students from the School of Graduate Studies form part of some 4,015 students expected to graduate this year.
The new graduates from the School of Graduate Studies included 26 Master of Philosophy students, 602 Master of Business Administration students, 129 Master of Arts Students and 69 Master of Science students.
The Class of 2022 also included the maiden graduating cohort of the Master of Science in Procurement Management programme as well as the first graduating batch from the UPSA School of Distance Learning.
Addressing the graduands on Tuesday, August 30, the Vice-Chancellor of UPSA, Prof. Abednego F. O. Amartey congratulated them for their accomplishments.
He was confident the knowledge and skills they have acquired in UPSA would stand them in good stead to overcome any challenge they might be confronted with as they step into the world to pursue their dreams.
Prof Amartey further urged them to be creative, innovative and disciplined to attain greater heights whiles advising them to make room for setbacks.
“Besides applying all the knowledge and skills you have acquired at UPSA to overcome the challenges of our world today with its attractions, restrictions, temptations, virtues and vices, you also need to be very creative, innovative and disciplined for survival,” the Vice-Chancellor said.
“To be innovative, you will have to constantly challenge yourself to perform higher by devising better ways of achieving more with less or with nothing at all. Do not be afraid of making mistakes. In the process, you will be learning interesting things, amazing new things, and glorious and fantastic new things.”
For his part, the Inspector General of Police, Dr George Akuffo Dampare, who delivered the commencement speech, charged graduands to take responsibility for their own lives and manage their expectations as they transition into the uncertain world of work.
“Go into the world to shine and bring glory to your University, to yourself and to your families,” Dr Dampare said.
“Don’t go out there and put your life on autopilot mode or outsource your life for somebody else to live it for you and be complaining about everything, thinking that living your life is somebody’s responsibility.
“Apart from your fundamental human rights which are enshrined in our laws, I want to say that nobody owes you anything. So when you [get out] there, all what you have to do is to make sure that every favour that comes your way you work towards earning it,” he added.
The Chairman of the UPSA Governing Council, Dr. Kofi Ohene-Konadu, who was acting in the stead of the Chancellor, commended the graduating class for “cultivating the culture of excellence” and displaying a high sense of professionalism throughout their time as students.
He implored them to be good ambassadors of the University by upholding the high standards expected of UPSA alumni around the world.