UG: All You Need To Know About Commonwealth Hall

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COMMONWEALTH HALL: The first batch of students was admitted into residence in
Commonwealth Hall at the beginning of the 1956-1957 academic year.

In the Lent Term of that academic year, Ghana attained its independence from Great Britain, and the Hall, hitherto known as the Third Hall, was officially christened Commonwealth Hall to commemorate Ghana’s
admission into the Commonwealth of Nations. The official opening of the Hall was performed in
March, 1957.

It is, so far, the only all-male Hall of Residence in the University. The motto of the Hall, Truth Stands, was taken from a quotation from Satyre by John Donne (1572-1631):


“On a huge hill, cragged, and steep, Truth stands and hee that will Reach her, about must, and about must goe”

Commonwealth Hall


This motto combines both the physical situation of the Hall (on a hillside overlooking most of
the University and beyond) and the proper pursuit of a University education, the search for truth.

It is the only Hall of Residence in the University which has a theatre and amphitheatre for
lectures and plays. The Coat of Arms of the Hall depicts the strength and unity of purpose of
members of the Hall deriving from the bonds of association enjoyed by the individual members of the Hall. High Commissioners of the Commonwealth countries in Ghana are accorded
Honorary Membership of the Hall.

There is a Hall Council which administers the affairs of the Hall, assisted by the Tutorial Board and the Senior Common Room Committee.

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