Academic Awards Ceremony Held to Honour Outstanding Students

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Gordon Awandare presenting an Award to an accomplished student

The Vice-Chancellor’s Academic Awards ceremony for the 2021/2022 academic year has been held to recognise the outstanding academic achievements and accomplishments of graduate and undergraduate students.

68 awards were presented to students from the Colleges of Humanities and Education on the first day, May 4, 2023, while 79 awards were presented to students from the Colleges of Basic and Applied Sciences and Health Sciences on the second day, May 5, 2023, at the Great Hall.

They were presented with certificates, cash prizes, and technological devices sponsored by individuals and corporate entities.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, in her opening remarks, indicated that the ceremony is special as it is being held at a time when the University is celebrating its 75th Anniversary.

Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo

Prof. Amfo expressed delight in the sponsorship received from 96 individuals and corporate bodies, highlighting that their generous contributions in cash and in kind have sustained and supported the awards ceremony over the years. She also acknowledged the determination of sponsors to partner the University to train and nurture human resources to meet national development needs and global challenges, in line with the mission of the University.

She disclosed that 16 additional academic prizes have been added this year, owing to the benevolence of 14 new individual and corporate sponsors.

Prof. Amfo encouraged other corporate bodies and individuals to institute academic prizes at UG to promote excellence in higher education.

An awardee receiving her prize

The Vice-Chancellor, additionally, commended the honorees and encouraged them to continue to distinguish themselves in any endeavors they find themselves involved in. She encouraged the continuing students to be relentless in pursuing excellence.

Prof. Amfo also thanked Faculty Members and Administrators for their contributions, as well as members of the Academic Prizes Fund Board of Trustees for their dedication to the process of selecting prize winners and for organising the ceremony.

An awardee receiving his prize

In a statement delivered by the Registrar, Mrs. Emelia Agyei-Mensah, she indicated that the awards have been organised in two separate ceremonies to enhance interaction between sponsors and awardees. She noted that some of the awards have been named after specific sponsors or important personalities who have made significant contributions in their fields of endeavor, while others have been named after corporate bodies that have gained a competitive advantage in the world of business. She also noted that some awards are named after sponsors, friends and relatives of sponsors. Mrs. Agyei-Mensah advised award winners to take advantage of the opportunity to interact with their sponsors, express gratitude to them, and network.

Registrar, Mrs. Emelia Agyei-Mensah (Left), presenting an Award to a deserving student

Dr. Joyce Rosalind Aryee, sponsor of the Dr. Joyce Rosalind Aryee Prize, spoke on behalf of sponsors on Day 1 and noted that sponsors have committed to continuing to assist the University so that deserving students are recognised and rewarded. Additionally, Dr. Aryee suggested that the University collaborates with sponsors to monitor the recipients' progress and make sure they use their degrees to advance the nation.

An awardee receiving his prize

On Day 2, Emerita Prof. Isabella Quakyi, sponsor of the Professor Isabella Quakyi Prize, speaking on behalf of the sponsors, praised the honorees for their achievements and for making the University, Faculty, and their parents proud. She reminded the recipients that they are now in charge of the expansion and improvement of the University.

Abdul-Nasir Habib and Dr. Alberta Nana Aba Fletcher, both recipients, offered heartfelt gratitude to the sponsors, parents, guardians, and the University on behalf of their colleagues. They also promised not to forget the University's values and to make constructive impact in the world.

Some awardees received cash prizes as part of their reward

The Ghana Dance Ensemble entertained guests present with beautiful dance performances, while Dr. Kofi Antonio and his team from the Department of Dance Studies performed a spoken word piece that recognised the handwork the awardees exhibited to earn them their various prizes.

Guests were entertained with a Spoken Word performance

Also present at the events were members of University Management, awardees, and their family members, individual sponsors, and representatives of the various corporate sponsors.