UG Holds July 2017 Congregation

The University of Ghana Mace bearer leading the Council procession 

For the fourth year since restructuring from a faculty-based system to a Collegiate system, the University of Ghana held its July 2017 Congregation in the Great Hall for students who completed various programmes of study in the four Colleges, namely, the College of Basic and Applied Sciences (CBAS), the College of Education (CoE), the College of Health Sciences (CHS), and the College of Humanities (CoH).

The 3,858 graduates for the July 2017 Congregation was made up of the largest regional group of international students originating from Africa, (92%), Asia (4%), Europe (3%) and the Americas (1%). This included the highest number of 1148 post graduates.

There were four sessions during the two-day ceremony: a morning and an afternoon session on Friday 21st and on Saturday, 22nd July. Professor Yaw Twumasi, Chairman of Council, presided over the morning sessions on both days, while Professor Akua Kuenyehia, a member of Council, presided over the Friday afternoon session.  

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu

In his address to the Congregation, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, highlighted the achievements of the University in the areas of governance, academic affairs, research, innovation and physical development. These achievements are epitomised in the high position of the University in the ranking of Universities at the global and African levels.

The Vice-Chancellor challenged graduates to apply their knowledge and critical thinking skills to make a difference for the better in the workplace, community, or anywhere else they happen to be.

One of the major challenges facing the University, according to the Vice-Chancellor, is the government freeze on public sector employment, which means that the University is unable to recruit new teaching and administrative staff or replace retiring ones for effective service delivery. 

By tradition, all four sessions had guest speakers, chosen for their achievements in their respective career paths to encourage and exhort the graduands, as they are about to confront the challenges and competitiveness of the workplace, and complex, globalised societies. Mr Kojo Botsio Aduhene, CEO of John Murphy Construction, was the guest speaker for the morning session of Friday, while Mr Kojo Addo-Kufuor, Chief Operating Officer, Ghana Home Loans, was guest speaker for the afternoon session. Mr William Armah Arthur, Managing Director/CEO of Forms Capital Limited and Mrs. Frances Adu-Mante were guest speakers respectively for the morning and afternoon sessions of Saturday.

Mr Kojo Addo-Kufuor, Chief Operating Officer, Ghana Home Loans

 Mr William Armah Arthur, Managing Director/CEO of Forms Capital Limited

Valedictory speeches were also delivered by graduands selected for their outstanding performance. Valedictorians for the morning and afternoon sessions of Friday were respectively Ms Yvette Sonia Nerquaye-Tetteh and Mr David Agyeman-Duodu; and for Saturday, Mrs. Nana Serwaa Twum-Duodu and Mr George Asamoah–Baah respectively.

Mr David Agyeman-Duodu

Mrs. Nana Serwaa Twum-Duodu


You can watch the various sessions of the July 2017 Congregation by clicking the following links.


Friday 21st July 2017 - Morning Session

                                    Afternoon Session


Saturday 22nd July 2017 -  Morning Session

                                          Afternoon Session



Please click below for the Congregation speeches/brochures:

Vice-Chancellor’s Address

Speeches of Guest Speakers

(Mr. Kojo Aduhene)

(Mr Kojo Addo-Kufuor)

(Mr William Armah Arthur)

(Mrs. Frances Adu-Mante)

Remarks by Minister for Tertiary Education

Valedictory Addresses

(Ms Yvette Sonia Nerquaye-Tetteh)

(Mr David Agyeman-Duodu)

(Mrs. Nana Serwaa Twum-Duodu)

(Mr George Asamoah–Baah)

Congregation Brochures

(Saturday July 22nd - Morning Session)