On Saturday 21st September, 2019, we celebrated our third undergraduate Graduation Ceremony at the Movenpick Grand Ambassador Hotel, which was presided over by Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education and EDI, Professor Sharon Huttly.
Since our inauguration in 2013, LUG has grown from 67 students, to over 500 students, with now over 300 alumni from our campus in Accra. Alumni have gone on to further study in countries such as Mauritius, the UK and USA, and to work in industries such as telecommunication, education, banking and finance and oil and gas, just to name a few.
At this year’s graduation, one hundred and seven (107) students were awarded Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and International Relations, Politics and International Relations, Accounting and Finance, Computer Studies, Business Studies, Marketing, Psychology and Law. This cohort is the largest graduating cohort to date, with students from various countries such as Ghana, Nigeria, Congo, Brazzaville, Benin, Sierra Leone, Angola, Burundi, Ivory Coast, UK and the USA.
Degrees were conferred by Professor Sharon Huttly and special guests in attendance included Professor Simon Guy, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Digital, Global and Development, Mr Daniel Adkins, CEO of Transnational Academic Group, Middle East, and other Faculty from Lancaster University, UK.
“We are committed to producing the graduates Ghana and its neighbours need to fulfil their ambition to grow economically, to be inclusive socially and to bring lasting prosperity to all of their people in the years to come”, Professor Huttly told the audience at the ceremony, “It may be thousands of miles from Lancaster to Accra but the bridge we are building is strong and it will grow stronger”.
During his address, Mr Daniel Adkins told the graduates “Transnational Academic Group believes as Mandela did, that “Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world” and because of this has dedicated itself to establishing high quality educational institutions in Sub-Sharan Africa to develop human capacity in Africa, stem the brain drain from Africa, and to provide education to enhance students ability to either secure employment or to establish their own businesses.”
At the ceremony, special awards were presented to outstanding students for their academic achievements. The Chancellor’s Medal was awarded to Muhammad Kassim Balogun and Sharon Okai, for being the most meritorious students in the cohort, and the Yaw Busia Memorial Award, was given to four outstanding Computer Science students. In addition, The Founders’ Award, which recognises the students who best embody the values of TAG (Loyalty, Integrity, Attitude, Competence and Commitment), and has demonstrated this throughout their time at the University was presented to Peter Peregbakumo and Richard Alipui. The Lancaster Award, which acknowledges students’ extracurricular activities which enhance employability was also presented to eight students. Click here to watch the full Graduation Ceremony.
Congratulations to our Class of 2019! We are sure this graduation was only the first of many proud, successful moments for you, and we look forward to hearing all the wonderful things you accomplish in the years to come!