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Guest of Honour, Prof. Kwesi Yankah (far-right) and Mr. Divine Kporha (left-centre) praised the students, faculty, staff and management for their hard work.

The University of Health and Allied Sciences held its second session of the fourth congregation ceremony for 438 graduate and postgraduate students from the Schools of Allied Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, and Public Health on Saturday 18 January 2020 at the Cedi Auditorium, Main Campus, Sokode-Lokoe, Ho.

The second session is intended to cater for students who have met all the requirements for their sandwich programme as well as students from the regular programme who, for one reason or the other, were unable to complete their programmes at the scheduled time.

Professor Kwesi Yankah, Minister of State in Charge of Tertiary Education, who was the Guest of Honour, expressed his and government’s gratitude to the UHAS Council, Vice Chancellor, Management and the entire university community for the “monumental work done.” He also pledged government’s continuous support to the university’s development, saying “in spite of economic constraints, and delay inflows from GetFund, UHAS held its own, making do with highly constrained internally generated funds, to construct a good number of facilities, while waiting for GETFund to finish structures like the Central Laboratory project, classroom complexes as well as develop the Hohoe campus.”

His Lordship, Justice Victor M.J. Dotse, Chairman of the University Council said “UHAS with humble beginnings, has produced and graduated 2,271 properly trained and mentally sound young men and women to provide quality health care to Ghana’s population, from 2015 — when the first batch of its post diploma students in Nursing, Public Health and Midwifery disciplines graduated — to date,” adding that he hoped the continuous provision of advanced knowledge through scholarship and research would culminate in the delivery of quality health services in Ghana comparable with international standards.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor John Owusu Gyapong in his report outlined the infrastructural progress and new institutional partnerships that would ensure quality teaching and learning; he also touched on development challenges.

Mr. Divine Kporha, UHAS 2018 Alumnus and former Students’ Representative Council President, who was Guest Speaker, recounted his personal struggles and strides, admonished the graduands to have a strong sense of humility, honesty, professionalism, patriotism and the fear of God. He motivated the graduands to “set the vision, focus on self-confidence, tolerate and forgive easily, stay connected and let them know you. In all you do, do so with all selflessness, integrity and dedication to humanity because society needs the impacts of our degrees more than we need them.”