It was an exciting blend of joy, history, and memorable moments as 564 graduates of the UPSA Law School and the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Studies were awarded a degree and diploma certificates at the First Session of the 12th Congregation Ceremony of the University.
The event was held on Wednesday without guests, family, friends and well-wishers to ensure social-distancing in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic.
In his welcome address, Dr Kofi Ohene-Konadu, Chairman of the Governing Council of the University, commended the graduands for weathering the storm to complete the last semester of their programmes despite bearing the brunt of the academic uncertainty brought on by the covid-19 pandemic.
He also congratulated Prof. Abednego F. O. Amartey on his re-appointment as Vice-Chancellor of the University for a second term and urged him to do more to justify the trust reposed in him by the University Council.
Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abednego F. O. Amartey, in his address to Congregation described the 2019/2020 cohort as his “own” and very special to his heart, explaining that he assumed office as VC when the current graduating class was in their first year.
Prof. Amartey in marking another epoch in the University’s history, commended the first graduating class of the 4-Year Bachelor of Laws programme of the UPSA Law School saying “this is great milestone.”
The Vice-Chancellor also expressed his gratitude to the Government of Ghana (GoG) for selecting UPSA as one of the public tertiary institutions to benefit from GoG’s Free WIFI project, being implemented through the Electricity Company of Ghana’s fibre optic network.
He was hopeful that the project will improve internet connectivity on the UPSA campus.
The Director of Public Prosecutions at the Attorney General’s Department, Mrs Yvonne Atakora Obuobisa, who was the Special Guest of Honour for the occasion, challenged the graduands to put their skills to the test and take advantage of the opportunities that life presents.
She implored the graduating class to employ the virtues of persistence, honesty and sacrifice as they leave academia to pursue other goals in life.
“Your degree is just a foundation,” Mrs Obuobisa said. “It is what you do with the degree that matters.”
Mrs Obuobisa called on the graduands to invest in further learning and eschew any shortcuts to getting to the top.
In all, a total number of 564 graduands participated in the First Session of the 2020 Congregation. The UPSA Law School presented 130 students whiles the FITC presented a total of 434 students. Out of 130 from the Law School, 27 obtained Second Class Upper degrees and 45 received Second Class degrees. 42 obtained Third Class degrees and only 16 went home with a Pass.
The FITC graduates comprised 148 undergraduates and 286 diploma students. With the undergraduates, 5 obtained First Class, 59 Second Class Upper and 49 Second Class Lower. 27 had Third Class and 7 Passes. Seven of the Diplomates attained Distinction, while 174 obtained Credit and 105 graduated with a Pass.
How To Surprise Your GirlfriendOn Her Birthday
If you want to make your girlfriend feel special on her birthday, there are a lot of things that you can do. You don't have to spend a lot of money in order to make her feel loved and appreciated.
In fact, some of the best gifts are ones that come from the heart rather than being expensive or elaborate. Try one of these ideas for making your girlfriend feel special on her birthday:
Do something she has wanted to do for a long time.
Surprise your girlfriend on her birthday by doing something she has wanted to do for a long time.
Here are some ideas:
- Go for a morning jog with her at the park.
- Volunteer at the animal shelter together, cleaning cages and feeding dogs or cats. If you have kids, you could also bring them along when they're old enough to help out as well! This will be a great bonding experience for everyone involved!
- Take her on an adventure in nature like hiking up a mountain or exploring caves nearby (if there are any). It's important that you plan ahead so she doesn't get hurt while trying these activities though! Also, make sure they aren't too strenuous since women tend to not have as much energy as men do even if they look good doing it too 😉
Go somewhere she has always wanted to go.
As a rule of thumb, we suggest that you take your girlfriend somewhere she has always wanted to go, but never had the time. This can be anything from a trip to the beach or concert to an amusement park or weekend getaway at a fancy hotel. The point is for you both to enjoy yourselves and have fun together!
If you want to do something really special for your lady love on her next birthday, book tickets for her favourite band taking over the town in two weeks—but don't tell her about it yet! This will keep her on her toes during their concert date and make her feel loved after all this effort from you!
Take her on an unconventional date.
A unique date can be the perfect way to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday. When you take a girl out for the first time, you have to impress her and show her that you are not just any guy.
If she's never been to the place where you're taking her for dinner or drinks, then it'll definitely leave an impression on your woman.
You don't have to go overboard with this one; just try something new and exciting! Even if what you choose is not extravagant or expensive, she will appreciate that special effort was made in order for her enjoyment - even more so when she realizes that all other guys wouldn't bother doing such things for their girlfriends' birthdays (or at all).
Get her a thoughtful gift.
When you're looking for the perfect birthday gift for your girlfriend, it's important to keep in mind that she will actually use and appreciate what you get her. A thoughtful gift is one that is special to you, but also something she will appreciate. You can take this a step further by making the gift yourself—this shows that you put a lot of thought into it!
A few ideas:
- Paint her favourite picture of herself on canvas (or another medium) using watercolours or acrylics
- Make a scrapbook filled with photos of your favourite memories together and write captions as captions were written back when people still wrote on paper instead of computers (which means they're handwritten)
Spend more time with her than you usually do.
As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. This is especially true when it comes to your girlfriend of four years who has been feeling neglected lately and has been complaining that she wants more time with you.
You could take her out for a fancy dinner or buy her a gift, but those are all things that have been done in the past by other people and they might not be as special to her as they once were. Instead, why not spend more time together?
Spend more time with her than you usually do. Make sure that each day you spend some quality one-on-one time with her before bedtime so that she knows how much she means to you—and how much fun she can be!
important for couples to make time for each other even when life gets busy; this can help keep the spark alive in any relationship!
Do something out of the ordinary for the two of you.
- Do something out of the ordinary for the two of you.
- Go for a walk in the park, go for a hike, or get a babysitter and go to a movie.
- Take your girlfriend to an art gallery or museum and look at all the paintings together.
- Go to an amusement park that she's never been to before (but don't forget her birthday present).
- Go see a comedian perform live with your girlfriend so that he can make jokes about how old you both are!
Bring her flowers or a small gift when she least expects it.
Flowers are a classic gift that any woman would love to receive on her birthday. The most important thing to know is what kind of flowers she likes best, so do some research and make sure you know your girl's favourite flower before you go out and buy it.
If you're not sure, ask her friends or family members what they think she would like.
Another thing you can do with flowers is getting creative with the presentation. You could wrap them up in cellophane and place them in a small box filled with tissue paper or put them in a vase and bring that to her house.
This can be done by asking the florist for help if you aren't sure how to arrange them yourself!
Don't forget to include a card or note explaining why they're special: "Happy Birthday" or some form of gratitude might be enough depending on how well you know each other at this point (if not yet).
Give her a private dance party.
If you want to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday, then the best way is to invite her over for a private dance party.
You could play some of her favourite songs, or even make up a song that describes how much she means to you. You can even put on some fancy clothes and dance with her. The most important thing is to make it special because after all, this is the woman who has been by your side since the beginning.
If she doesn't like dancing and prefers to sit back and watch others do their thing, then just make sure that she feels comfortable watching from afar before joining the fun!
Bring back an inside joke or happy memory from your relationship.
One of the best ways to surprise her is by bringing back an inside joke or happy memory from your relationship.
The best way to bring back a happy memory is by showing her something that reminds you both of that memory, like photos or videos. You can also share stories about how funny it was, and how much fun you had together.
For example, if she always laughs when you say “I love dinosaurs” in a really annoying voice, then saying “I love dinosaurs” in your most annoying voice would be a great way to surprise her on her birthday!
You can make your girlfriend feel special without spending too much money
You can make your girlfriend feel special without spending too much money.
Spending time with her and doing something she has always wanted to do is one of the best ways to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday. You can also surprise her by buying her a thoughtful gift.
To make this gift special, you can add a personal touch that not everyone else will have thought of. For example, if your girlfriend likes chocolate then you could buy her some chocolates but add a personal message inside each box so that only they know what it says.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to show how much you care about your girlfriend. If you want to do something special for her birthday, just think about what she likes and try to make it happen.