Families, friends and graduands of the Class of 2016 in Valley View University (VVU) last Sunday morning braved seasonably to celebrate the University’s colourful 22nd Graduation Ceremony. Degrees were conferred on a total of 2,391 graduands, out of which 2,201 were undergraduates and 190 postgraduates.
The four-day programme took off on Thursday through to Sunday. Speaking on the theme for the ceremony, Transformed to Serve with Passion, Excellence and Integrity, the Guest Speaker, Dr. Richard H. Hart, President of the Loma Linda University at California, United States, encouraged the graduands to make meaning out of their own lives rather than what the world defines for them.
The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, commended Valley View University for complementing government efforts in ensuring accessible quality education. He urged the graduands to live responsible lives worthy of emulation by the next generation. He congratulated the graduands for the effort made in their achievements. Hon. Afotey Agbo asked the graduands to be responsible in the wider world. He said, “Today marks the end of the end of a long journey and the beginning of an even longer one, I would urge you to ensure all the investments that have been made by your parents, guardians, staff and stakeholders of this institution, and most importantly, yourselves, worthwhile”.
The Vice Chancellor of the Valley View University, Prof Daniel Bediako, stressed on Valley View University’s effort to uphold clear confidence in our unique identity and values to be able to fulfill our mission as a Christian-based institution. He elaborated on Valley View University’s attempt to build on facilities, faculty and staff to help in the growth of the University. Prof. Bediako praised the graduands on their perseverance in all the pressures they may have gone through. He expressed his gratitude to all the invited guests who graced the occasion with their presence and charged the graduands to pursue excellence in everything they do, and remain “true to their conscience”, and to serve both their creator and society selflessly.
In attendance were; the President of the Data Link Institute, Prof Jacob Jonas Nortey; the Clerk of Parliament, Emmanuel Anyimadu, the Vice Chancellor of the Babkock University, Prof Ademola Stephen Tayo. The rest are Pastor Dr. Kwame Kwanin Boakye, the Chairman of the VVU Council and the President of the Northern Ghana Union Conference; Dr Juvenal Balisasa, Director of Education for the West – Central Africa Division.
By Elizabeth Asomani Obeng, vvu.edu.gh