2019/2020 Vice-Chancellor’s Annual Academic Awards Ceremony Held

The University of Ghana Vice-Chancellor’s Academic Awards Ceremony for the 2019/2020 academic year has been held. The annual ceremony to recognise outstanding achievements in academic and co-curricular activities was held virtually for the first time, on Friday, March 23, 2021. The awardees comprised members of the 2019/2020 graduating class as well as some continuing students.

In her welcome remarks, the Registrar, Mrs. Mercy Haizel-Ashia, acknowledged that the single event and virtual nature of this year’s ceremony were unique; and that pre-COVID 19 ceremonies were organized separately for the Humanities and for the Sciences and provided an opportunity for sponsors and award winners to physically interact. She however encouraged awardees to explore virtual modes of interaction with sponsors (e.g., by WhatsApp, phone and email). She expressed immense gratitude to both individual and corporate sponsors for their benefaction and urged them to continue supporting the University.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, welcomed on board six new sponsors, three corporate, three individuals, who together sponsored a total of 19 academic prizes. He hoped that the relationships would be lasting. He further expressed the University’s profound appreciation to the other sponsors and lauded their enormous efforts at promoting higher education in Ghana. The Vice-Chancellor also applauded the award winners for their achievements and disclosed that the University had received sponsorship for 161 awards from 96 individuals and corporate bodies for this year’s ceremony.

Awards were presented to 136 students comprising 109 members of the graduating class of 2019/2020 and 27 continuing students. Notable among them were the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Best Graduating Students for those enrolled under the University of Ghana Admission Policy for Less-Endowed Schools. The awardees in this category were Raqeebah Hisham, who attended Lassia Tuolu Senior High School, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree (Education with Information Studies) with First Class Honours, and Adjara Al Hassan, who attended Assin North Senior High/Technical School, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree (Information Studies and Philosophy) with First Class Honours. And there were two awards for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation: Dr. Joseph Budu for the Humanities, and Dr. Prince Asare for the Sciences.

In an address read on behalf of the sponsors, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyapong, Executive Chairman, Jospong Group of Companies, commended the award winners for excelling in their fields in spite of the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. He urged awardees to use the skills and ethical standards acquired in the University to transform their communities by solving problems.

Delivering the Vote of Thanks on behalf of fellow awardees, Ms. Ivy Adadewah Osae expressed deep gratitude to the sponsors, parents, guardians, lecturers and the University for the honour done them. She further pledged the resolve of the awardees to back their achievements with actions that will serve their communities.

Sabrina Lamie Awuni, Ivy Adedewah Osae, Sandra Lettu, Gloria Borlabi, Dr. Hajia Salamatu Abudulai Yakubu and Dr. Francis Opoku Twene won multiple awards in various categories during the ceremony.


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