The Accra International Conference Centre came alive once again on June 6, 2015, as the University held its 8th Graduation ceremony.
There was indeed a real buzz at the venue as 584 graduands together with their families and friends came together to officially mark the end of a phase of their academic journeys.The ceremony was attended by members of the University’s Council, students, University staff, alumni, friends of the University and well-wishers.
Heads of the University’s affiliate institutions were also duly represented at the graduation ceremony. Viewers from all over the world were also given the opportunity to observe the graduation ceremony proceeding through online streaming and social media, powered by the University's Information Technology Department.
Delivering his address, the President and Founder of Regent University College of Science and Technology, Prof. E.K. Larbi highlighted some of the milestones the University had achieved since the last graduation ceremony of the University. The completion of the University's main campus facility, the continuous recruitment of highly qualified academic staff, and the building of various academic partnerships, were among the focal areas the University had been focusing on in the year under review, according to the President.
He informed attendants of the relocation of the entire University to its main campus at McCarthy Hill. He also provided an update on ongoing construction projects the University was embarking on at the main campus. These include the construction of an academic block and a multipurpose block both scheduled to be completed by the end of August this year. The academic block is expected to provide over 60 lecture rooms, lecture theatres, offices, laboratories, and a shopping centre. The multi-purpose block would also provide additional library space, examination halls, offices, health and an indoor sports centre.
The University President also informed attendants that efforts were being made by the University to raise funds for the construction of a pedestrian footbridge at the Mendskrom area where the main campus is located. “The bridge will be critical for the safe movement of people not only to and from our institution and Jayee Unviersity College, but also for most of the people living and working around the Mendskrom area”, he indicated. Prof. Larbi also announced that the traffic light at Mendskrom which had broken down had been activated and expressed hope that engineers would ensure that it worked effectively at all times.
The President and Founder also used the occasion of the Graduation ceremony to pay glowing tribute to three academic staff of the University who had distinguished themselves in research and publication in the course of the year. They included: Dr. Stanley Moffat (Vice President, Institutional Advancement) Dr. Franklin Glozah (Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences) and Mr. Josiah Andor.
Speaking on the Student-faculty ratio at the University, Prof. Larbi stated that the University continued to maintain a favourable ratio in order to ensure quality teaching and learning.
First ever Doctor of Business Administration Programme in Ghana:
President Larbi announced that with effect from September this year, Regent University College in collaboration with Maastricht School of Management would commence the first ever Doctor of Business Administration Programme in Ghana. The announcement was received with rapturous applause.
Funding Educational Activities:
Prof. Larbi made an appeal to the Central Government to consider the establishment of a Bank that would specialise in the funding of educational activities in the country. He indicated that at the moment educational institutions competed with commercial entities for financing from Banks for their infrastructural developments, a situation which he cautioned could lead to educational institutions being saddled with loans.
The President emphasised the need for public officials and heads of institutions to be held accountable. He stressed that those that mismanaged public resources should not be allowed to get off scot-free. “The misdeeds of the few, must not be allowed to imprison the majority in the claws of underdevelopment”, Prof. Larbi said.
Message to the Graduating Class:
As always, the President had words of inspiration to impart to the Graduating class. He ended his address urging the graduating class to be agents of change in the continent of Africa. “You are graduating at a time when Ghana is crying for saviours to lead us to our promised land where prosperity and a life of dignity reigns. You are graduating at a time when Africa as a whole is in desperate need of social transformers. Go therefore as the true ambassadors of Regent” he said.
After an equally inspiring keynote speech delivered by Ms. Eva Lokko (former Director of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation), a message from Hon. Sam Okudzeto Ablakwa,(Deputy Minister in Charge of Tertiary Education), and a brass band musical performance by the Ghana Police Band; special awards and citations were given to deserving graduating students from the various departments of the University. This special award session was moderated by Prof. F.K. Hymore (Vice President, Academic Affairs) and Dr. Stanley Moffatt.
Felix Kojo Aggrey, who studied Human Development and Psychology was adjudged the Overall Best Student of the 2015 graduating class. Asides his academic achievement, he was recognised for his contribution to enhancing student life at Regent through various extra-curricular activities he helped organise, as well as the student leadership roles he played while studying at Regent.
"The Regent community welcomed me with open arms and nurtured me...Today, I stand here as a God fearing man with a clear purpose and vision.” Felix said in his Valedictory speech. "On behalf of my friends and colleagues, I say thank you to God for the opportunity to be part of the Regent vision and also for the gift of life and good health” he added.
The Regent Vision Continues:
The Ceremony ended with a Prayer for the graduating class offered by Dr. Lawrence Tetteh (President and Founder, Worldwide Miracle Outreach, UK). He prayed that God would help members of the entire class to lead lives of purpose and influence.
Congratulations to the Class of 2015! We trust that you would stay true to the mission of the institution by providing leadership wherever you find yourselves, and making an impact in your generation.