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Story by Maria Gwira. Photos from the Directorate of Public Affairs.

At the Second Session of its 6th Congregation, University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) conferred degrees on 692 students, the majority of whom enrolled through the Sandwich track in programmes offered to working professionals by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, School of Public Health, and School of Allied Health Sciences.

Mr. Bright Numado, a licensed nurse at Krachi West District Hospital, graduated from the Bachelor of Nursing programme as valedictorian of this session. He was also the first recipient of a newly established prize for “Overall Best UHAS Sandwich Student” awarded by the John Evans Atta Mills Memorial Heritage.

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The University also conferred two honorary doctorate degrees. Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies, who delivered a powerful lecture the previous day, was lauded for being an embodiment of the UHAS core values of Excellence, Innovation, Integrity, Service and Care. The Doctor of Science (honoris causa) was conferred on him “in recognition of your excellent leadership; your innovative business solutions that continue to add value to the everyday lives of Ghanaians; your service and care to countless communities all over Africa; and the integrity in which you walk as you represent us globally.” Dr. Agyepong announced the establishment of a fund worth one-hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) at UHAS for environmental and sanitation research.

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Professor Margaret Gyapong, Director of the Institute of Health Research (IHR-UHAS), an internationally acclaimed scholar, has won several awards since joining UHAS, including the recent “Most outstanding female scholar” awarded by the European Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) in 2021. She donated the entire prize money of 20,000 Euros to establish the UHAS Needy Female Students’ Support Fund. She received a Doctor of Science Degree (honoris causa) and was lauded for her “excellence, leadership, altruism, and sustained commitment to the needy”; for her “distinguished and outstanding role helping the needy female in UHAS”; and “as a token of our heartfelt appreciation for your role in bringing visibility to the UHAS brand.”

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Vice Chancellor Professor John Gyapong and Registrar Dr. Cynthia Sena Kpeglo officiated the solemn rite of passage for the last time, as their tenures end with this academic year. Justice Victor J.M. Dotse, UHAS Council Chairman, praised them for their roles in building the University up to its current status and wished them well on behalf of the entire UHAS community.

Togbe Afede XIV, Agbogbomefia of Asogli State, was the Guest of Honour. Togbe Kotoku XI, who led a delegation representing him, delivered a message of congratulations to the University on its anniversary, acknowledging the role UHAS has played in bringing pride and visibility to region. Togbe Afede XIV also sent best wishes to the Vice Chancellor and the Registrar on their impending end of tenure.

This congregation was part of the lineup of events that marked the beginning of the University’s 1o anniversary celebrations. On 7 April, the UHAS community launched festivities; and 8 April was the 6th JEAM Lecture, which featured Dr. Agyepong.