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“You can make a difference, and you dare not fail” – Prof. E. K. Larbi Charges Graduands


The Most Rev. Dr. Justice Akrofi (Chaplain General) delivering welcome address

The 6th Graduation and 8th Matriculation ceremonies of Regent University College of Science and Technology took place on the 27th of April 2013 at the Accra International Conference Centre.

The President and Founder, Prof. E.K. Larbi in his address urged the graduands to take up the mantle of leadership in their various communities, and also challenged them to make the required positive impact in their respective fields of endeavour.

 

He noted, “Our continent and our nation for that matter, is in urgent need of selfless, dedicated, visionary, result-driven leaders at all levels. The need is urgent, and the cry is desperate.”

Congratulating the graduands on their successful completion of their degree programmes, the President also cautioned them against resting on their oars. “It appears the battle is over! But let me remind you that you still have a world to win. You can make a difference, and you dare not fail!” he emphasized.

Rev. Prof. Larbi also used the occasion to outline some developments in the university as contained in the President’s Annual Report for the 2012/2013 academic year. He mentioned ongoing efforts by the university to recruit additional faculty members of international repute to join the university, as well as progress on the development of Regent-Ghana’s Main Campus. The President also took the opportunity to inform the congregation of some recent academic publications by staff of the university. He also enumerated some of the various community development initiatives undertaken by the university such as, the setting up of a new computer laboratory at Larteh Presbyterian Senior High School, construction of a modern washroom facility and the remolding of the JHS Block of Kyenku Larbi Junior High School, a rural based School located near Suhum in the Eastern Region of Ghana. 

The stunning graduation and matriculation ceremonies saw a total of 511 graduands from three schools being conferred with various degrees. The Schools included the School of Informatics and Engineering, School of Business and Economics, and the School of Theology, Ministry and Human Development.

A total of 593 new students were also officially accepted into the institution to pursue various degree programmes in the 2012/2013 academic year.  

After being presented by the Senior Vice President, Mr. Albert Amonoo, the Registrar, Dr. Isaac Ohene, led the matriculants in taking the Matriculation Oath. As part of the Oath, the matriculants pledged to among other things diligently apply themselves to their intellectual pursuits and to the full use of the creative powers of their minds and spirit to the glory of God. They also pledged to keep their total being from all immoral and illegal habits, whether on or off campus; not to take any illegal drug, commit illicit sexual acts, drink any intoxicants of any kind, or engage in any behaviour that are contrary to the rules and regulations stated in the Students’ Handbook.

Also present at the function were members of the University Council including the Chancellor, Dr. Kwabena Darko, The Chaplain General, Most Rev. Dr. Emeritus Ofei-Akrofi, the Senior Vice President, Mr. Albert Amonoo.

Some other dignitaries who were present included the Deputy Minister for Health, Hon. Dr. Tia Sugri, whose son was among the graduating class, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of KNUST, Prof. Samuel Nii Odai, The Dean of the Faculty of Education of the University of Education, Winneba, (UEW), the Rev Dr Anthony Afful-Broni, who represented the Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, and a host of other dignatories.

Also in attendance was the Paramount Chief of Akuapem Guan, and the Queen, as well other traditional leaders.

The Best Students in each School were presented with certificates of achievement, and awarded with brand new Notebook Computers. Miss Edna Caiquo took home the Sam Korankye Ankrah award for the Overall Best Student, a brand new Laptop Computer, as well as the Best Student (BSc. Accounting and Information Systems) award sponsored by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Ghana. The award was a Notebook computer and an ACCA Educational Package.  

In addition to this, the Chancellor of the University, Dr. Kwabena Darko, pledged an amount of GHS 1000, as his award to the Overall Best Student.

In a speech read on her behalf by Mr. D.K. Tay, the Minister for Education, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang commended the management of Regent University for the quality choice of courses offered at the university with a focus on science and technology. She said, “Science and Technology are areas where many private tertiary institutions shy away from. We are pleased at the efforts of the Regent University College of Science and Technology in this area.” She went on to say, “You have indeed focused on an area of education that is relevant today and would be for the future. This, I dare say, would make your students highly marketable and certainly the preferred choice in the job market.” She advised the university management to continue to maintain the focus on science and technology education to help create the critical mass required by the nation for its development. “You should endeavour not to follow current trends and stray into more generalized but popular subject areas”, the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast cautioned.

Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang also called on Private tertiary institutions to step up their activities to generate new knowledge, which she acknowledged as a core activity in a university. 

The graduands were not left out in her speech, as the Minister had a few words of advice for them: “You can imagine the huge investment made in you by your parents and the efforts your tutors and lecturers have put in to make you what you are today. You must count yourselves among the privileged few to have had this level of education. You are duty bound to reciprocate this gesture by your contribution to your community, workplace, mother Ghana and your Alma Mata”. 

Speaking on behalf of the graduating class, Ms. Edna Caiquo, reflected on the student experience at Regent, “Regent made us realize that every opportunity, no matter how big or small, is a stepping stone to success and hence should be taken advantage of. We were mandated to engage in certain activities on campus which are not common (at) other tertiary institutions. Activities like community service, health and fitness workout, industrial attachment, early morning devotion among others…looking at how these activities have enlightened  and made us disciplined, I have come to understand and appreciate the Mission of Regent University College which is “to educate and enlighten a  community of learners at a distinctive cutting-edge African Christian University that is dedicated to preparing highly qualified human resource in science and technology application for holistic socio-economic development and spiritual renewal”. Edna challenged her colleagues to be action-oriented. She ended her speech with a quote by Zig Ziglar: “You do not have to be great to start but you have to start to be great”.

In attendance were over 4000 students and guests, consisting of high profile representation from government, academia, industry as well as families and friends of graduands.

A thanksgiving service followed by a reception was held the following day in honour of the graduands.