Webster Ghana Celebrates Class Of 2021 in 7th Commencement
May 18, 2021
Webster University's campus in Accra, Ghana, capped off the 2020-2021 academic year with a joyful, socially distanced commencement ceremony held on its East Legon campus in Accra.
Attended by representatives from the Ghana Ministry of Education, alumni, media and guests of the graduating class, the event was organized successfully in adherence with strict Covid-19 protocols for the safety of all present. This planning allowed for a limited number of attendees and for additional family and friends to join virtually.
The Class of 2021 is recognized as one of Webster Ghana’s most diverse graduating groups yet, with students from Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, the United States, the Gambia, France and Cote d’Ivoire.
Commencement speaker Samia Yaba Nkrumah – daughter of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and President of the Kwame Nkrumah Pan-African Center – delivered inspiring words to the graduating class, charging them to live up to the dreams of our ancestors as they move on into the world of independence.
“Be led by your authentic self, a guiding principle of ideology and whatever power you believe elevates you, and these will help you throughout this new chapter of life which you embark on today,” Nkrumah said, making many references to the many lessons she learned from her father and his passion for higher education.
Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was the first president of the Republic of Ghana and a pan-African revolutionist. He is recognized as a political icon in Africa, having led his country to independence in 1957.
The audience received remarks from the Deputy Chief of Missions of the U.S. Embassy Christopher J. Lamora (pictured at top), heads of departments at the university, and a recorded speech by the Minister of Education for Ghana, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, who impressed on the graduates what a treasure they have received in attaining a quality American degree and to press on to be lifelong learners with positive attitudes.
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After special recognition given to the graduating undergraduate and graduate students with the highest GPAs, the pinnacle of the ceremony arrived seeing all graduates make their way to the stage in cap and gown, to receive their degrees.
This year's group had 58% of its undergraduate class graduate attaining a bachelor’s degree in International Relations, with the rest receiving degrees in Management, Computer Science and Media Studies. The graduate class also had a significant number of students completing with a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) and a Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR).
The affair concluded with Webster alumna Aseye Adzo Banini (Class of 2019) offering encouraging words to the new alumni to be adaptable and act in spite of fear, in career, business or wherever the road leads next; before the stage party recessed and all partook in a cake cutting and photo sessions.