University of Ghana Launches Maiden Alumni Homecoming Weekend

Mrs. Mercy Haizel-Ashia, Registrar, leading Hon. Lydia Seyram Alhassan to say the pledge on behalf of the ambassadors

The University of Ghana as part of its 70th Anniversary Celebrations has launched its maiden Alumni Homecoming Weekend at the Great Hall of the University of Ghana.

The Homecoming Weekend which is scheduled to take place from the 9th to 11th August, 2019 will climax activities lined up to commemorate the University’s 70th anniversary celebrations, to celebrate alumni who continue to make the University proud in their various fields of endeavour, serve as an avenue for alumni of the University to network and help raise funds for the UG@70 Endowment Fund. This was disclosed by Mrs. Christy Badu, Deputy Registrar, Alumni Relations in her welcome address. She urged all alumni to participate in the impending event in order to make it a success.  Mrs. Badu announced that in order to publicize the event to the general public, a number of distinguished alumni had been selected to serve as ambassadors of the Homecoming weekend.

Mrs. Christy Badu, Deputy Registrar, Alumni Relations

In his address, Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, Vice-Chancellor, indicated that alumni engagement is at the heart of the University’s agenda as it plays a pivotal role in the advancement of the University. Highlighting some of the roles the University of Ghana alumni had played towards the advancement of the University, the Vice-Chancellor noted that the alumni front had galvanized efforts to improve the quality of student life. “Alumni relations provide students with significant opportunities for growth and development such as organizing mentorship programmes and providing externship and internship opportunities as well as job placements” he noted.

The Vice-Chancellor added that through the effort of the Institutional Advancement Office, the University had been able to establish two global chapters besides Ghana, namely UG Alumni Association North America (UGAANA) and UG Alumni Association UK.

 Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, Vice-Chancellor

Enumerating the effort the University had made in galvanizing support for the UG @70 Endowment Fund, Professor Oduro Owusu indicated that the fund is one of the University’s strategies to deal with challenges of diversifying sources of internally generated funds to reduce the burden on students. He revealed that the fund had yielded about GH₵5.6 million with donations coming from the University of Ghana chapters of the University Teachers Association of Ghana, Ghana Association of University of Administrators (GAUA), the University of Ghana alumni of 93 Year Group and the Bank of Ghana. He announced that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic had also redeemed the pledge of GH₵5 million paid through the GET Fund.

He urged all alumni of the University as well as the general public to support the University in achieving its target of US$100million. The Vice-Chancellor later nominated Hon. Okudzeto Ablakwa to perform the launch of the Homecoming in his stead, which he gladly did together with the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency, Hon. Lydia Seyram Alhassan.

Prof. Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu, Chair of the Institutional Advancement Office introduced Madam Doris Ansah (Class of ’77), Hon. Okudzeto Ablakwa, (2005 & 2012), Prof. Peter Quartey (Class of 1993) and Hon. Lydia Seyram Alhassan (Class of 2018) as ambassadors of the UG@70 Alumni Homecoming weekend.

Prof. Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu, Chair of the Institutional Advancement Office

The Registrar, Mrs. Mercy Haizel-Ashia led Hon. Lydia Seyram Alhassan to say the pledge on behalf of the ambassadors. She further urged them to project the purpose and activities of the Homecoming weekend to the general public.

Speaking on behalf of the ambassadors, Hon. Lydia Seyram Alhassan pledged their commitment to the homecoming and promised to help make it a success.

Ms. Adwoa Abrokwa, Assistant Registrar, Alumni Relations gave a brief presentation of the programmes lined up to commemorate the celebrations. These included the official launch of the UG@70 Alumni Homecoming Weekend to be performed by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic who is also a proud alumnus of the University. In attendance will be all Alumni Ambassadors and the general alumni body. A round table conference which will be open to all will be held after the launch.

Other activities include Campus Tours, Networking, Akwaaba Musical Concert, Bonfire and Inter-Hall “Jama” Competition, Inter-Hall Sports Competition, Food Bazaar and Exhibition of Products. On Sunday, 11th August 2019, there will be an inter-denominational service at the Bank of Ghana Auditorium to climax the celebrations.

Prof. Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu, Chair of the Institutional Advancement Office later introduced members of the Alumni Homecoming Steering Committee to the audience and commended them for the good work done so far.


Some ambassadors of the UG@70 Alumni Homecoming weekend pose with university officials

Present at the launch were Prof. Francis Dodoo, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation and Development, Provosts, Deans, Directors, members of convocation, alumni from the various halls of residence, staff and members of the media fraternity.

There were performances by the Ghana Dance Ensemble.



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