About 329 students graduated from the Trinity Theological Seminary after completing their various academic courses.
The graduated list included 29 Certificate in Ministry, 61 Bachelor of Theology, 141 Master of Arts in Ministry, 71 Master of divinity, 22 Master of Arts in Theological Studies, five Master of Theology, three Doctor of Ministry and three Doctor of Philosophy in Theology, (PhD) graduates.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Stanbic Bank Ghana, Kwamina Asomaning, who was the guest of honour charged the graduands not to see the ceremony as the end of their academic life, but rather the commencement of a life-long mission to become leaders ready to make a difference in the world.
According to him “raising leaders especially in an era of complaints”, was not an easy task but, they all managed to undergo a training that equipped them spiritually and intellectually to spread the word and win more souls for Christ.
“As you leave Trinity Seminary, it is imperative to bring leadership and direction to bear on your activities fortunately for you, underpinning this mission of making a difference in the world is your foundation in Christianity you must thus undertake the task perfectly and effectively,” he added
The country, he said was at crossroad, a time that demanded true leadership with character and integrity to turn the situation around.
“People out there are counting on us to lead the drive towards social change let us not disappoint them and always remember they are watching,” he added.
Mr Asomaning said it was very easy to find people questioning the motives of individuals identified as Christians, because they were seen saying one thing on pulpits or in churches and doing the exact opposite in other spheres of life.
He urged them to be visionary and define themselves in clear and distinctive directions to drive their convictions, commitment, and always have a viable plan on how to execute that vision.
The Deputy Minister of Education, Reverend John Ntim Fordjuor, urged the graduands to use their talents to preach against vices that had eaten deep into the moral fibre of society.
“You have acquired the skills and knowledge, the onus now lie on you to use it to transform society that has been plagued with immorality, indiscipline, corruption and other acts giving the country a bad image,” he added.
The President of the Seminary, Professor Kwabena Asamoah-Gyedu, described the occasion as a landmark graduation, and commended the founding fathers, pioneering faculty and students for laying a solid foundation for the growth of the Seminary.
“Wherever I have been around the world, I have spoken about my institution, the Trinity Theological Seminary, with a sense of pride and gratitude to God the vision that inspired the establishment of this Seminary was a very lofty one, and as one ecumenical leader, the General Secretary of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) commented to me recently, “the Trinity Theological Seminary is one of the best ecumenical legacies of Africa,” he added. .
He said the renovation of the Galevo Hall was now 80 per cent complete and the Seminary needed to raise about GH¢ 600, 000 to complete the project, adding that the original contract sum had increased by 60 per cent because of inflationary pressures on Ghana’s economy.
BY LAWRENCE VOMAFA-AKPALU