About 607 students last Saturday graduated from the Oyibi Campus of the Valley View University (VVU) in the Greater Accra during the 2021/2022 academic year.
The graduates, including 302 females, comprised 26 from the centre for Adult and Distance Education, 63 from the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, 52 from faculty of Sciences and 37 from the school of Business, 219 from the school of Business, 138 from the school of Nursing and midwifery and additional 72 from the school of graduate studies.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor William Kofi Koomson, speaking at the ceremony, said the school has prepared them (graduates) adequately to face the world with boldness, as such must believe in God and work hard to reach their goals.
He said the VVU Christian education they have acquired is only 50 per cent of what they need to be successful in their professional career, which is the know-what that is required to be successful in life, adding, “You have acquired the technical knowledge to advance to your fields, but you will meet thousands and millions of graduates who would compete with you, that is why you have to use the remaining 50 per cent to prove your worth and build it up” he added.
Prof. Koomson stated that personal life and professional development are that tacit knowledge that was key for the transitional phase between university education and the world of work. As such, as long as they work hardno one can stop them from reaching their goals.
He reminded them of the hallmark of the University, which are “excellence, integrity and service so as to foster harmonious development anywhere they find themselves in order to always be the best.
“Persistence is the twin sister of excellence, when you have integrity your words mean something as they carry value, and also strive for meaningful service to God and humanity,” he added.
The University, Prof. Koomson stated, would soon launch a four-year programme to raise the service awareness of teaching and non-teaching staff.
Dubbed: 2022 – 2025 Vision for service to Good and Humanity, it would be geared towards improved service delivery, reinforced VVU curricula, leveraged graduate and undergraduate teaching and learning including public service to address community challenges.
He said both graduate and undergraduate projects would reflect vision-2025, warning that students are required to pass the three components of theory, practice and service to God and Humanity before their projects advance to the next stage.
Pastor Samuel O. Davies of the British Union Conference of the Seventh Day Adventurist Church (SDA) urged the graduates to continue working hard and ensure self-discipline to raise the image of their alma mater.
He charged them to remember and always be grateful to all those whose contributions made it possible for them to get this far.
Mr Emmanuel Adjei Opoku, the overall best student, on behalf of colleagues, commended the University for shaping their lives to serve mankind and humanity and assured that the VVU light would continue to reflect and shine in their endeavours.
FROM LAWRENCE VOMAFA AKPALU, OYIBI