On behalf of the Methodist Church Ghana and the Methodist University College Council, I warmly welcome all of you to the Fourteenth Congregation of the Methodist University College Ghana (MUCG).
Congregation is the official occasion where a period of studies, hardwork and discipline by students of a tertiary institution are crowned. It is a joyous occasion for the students, the parents, guardians and sponsors. It is also very significant for universities as it has a lot of impact on their image.
Before I proceed further with this address, I would like to share with you that the Methodist University College Ghana has just entered another historic stage in its development. The former Principal, Prof. Samuel Kwasi Adjepong has retired and a new Principal, Prof. Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw has been inducted into office. Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you, the new Principal of the Methodist University College Ghana, Prof. Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw.
Let us all with a standing ovation show our love to the new Principal.
The Guest Speaker, Invited Guests, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, MUCG has come a long way but we still have a long way to go. It is my hope and believe that we will all co-operate with the new Principal and lend him our support to enable him lift our beloved University College to another level. I will be the first to admit that we currently have pertinent challenges to grapple with but again I will be the first to assure you that with his rich background and experience in university administration, Prof. Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw has got what it takes to turn the fortunes of MUCG around.
The Methodist University College Ghana is taking giant strides into the future and I am very confident and highly optimistic that the future holds a lot of prospects for us. I can see some of our students who are graduating today coming back here for their postgraduate studies and some coming back here as lecturers. This is a University College that will have the greatest attraction to students and staff in the very near future.
It is heartwarming to give you a hint that very soon MUCG will be gaining autonomy. That does not, however, mean the Methodist Church Ghana will shirk its moral responsibility or stand aloof and watch MUCG struggle alone. The church will stand by MUCG and make sure it emerges as the University of distinction that we have always wanted it to be. The church will stand by MUCG to ensure that our products which are our graduates are made of sterling qualities that will distinguish them from all other graduates. Our graduates will have a unique identity; the MUCG brand which will make them stand out and be attractive not only in the job market, but even in the very society and community in which they serve.
Now, on behalf of the Methodist Church Ghana, the University College Council and MUCG, I want to express our profound gratitude to all and sundry who have been of tremendous help to us since the establishment of this University College. Our thanksgiving goes to God, individuals, families and corporate entities who have been supporting us with cash and in kind. Some partnered with us to provide infrastructural facilities on our various campuses; we are grateful. May God replenish whatever you all spent on MUCG.
To our Graduands, I congratulate you for this remarkable achievement and urge you to press on for greater laurels. This is just the beginning of greater things to come: Never rest on your oars. Wherever you go, keep radiating with the MUCG motto: Excellence Morality Service.
The Guest Speaker, Invited Guests, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, by the power vested in me as Chairman of the Methodist University College Council, I now have the pleasure to declare the Fourteenth Congregation duly constituted.