Chairman of the Governing Council of Koforidua Technical University, Prof Samuel Obeng Apori, and Members of Council, The Honourable Minister of Education, Executive Secretaries of our Regulatory Bodies, Nananom, The Vice-Chancellor and the Management Team, Heads of Institutions and Departments, Members of Convocation, Members of the Media, Parents, fellow Graduates, Distinguished Guests, Ladies, and Gentlemen I am honored for the privilege offered me as the valedictorian of the Class of 2019.
On behalf of my fellow graduands, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all who made our dreams come true: the Vice-Chancellor, the Deans, the Registrar for ensuring that our student experience was rich and that our records were well managed and safe; faculty members and the library staff for their academic support; the ICT staff for making us feel that, it is possible to work without papers and pens; the Finance and Administration Divisions for standing firm to make sure we received the support that we needed; the laborers for making the learning environment clean and tidy; the restaurant staff for their delicious meals; the security personnel for guaranteeing our security at the campus.
Lao Tzu once said, “the painful ending has a new beginning”. Life as we know is full of transitions, those that happen gradually, and those that happen suddenly, but the advantage that God has given humanity is that of turning circumstance to our advantage. At our doorstep today is the novel Coronavirus that has brought a sudden change to our way of living; sitting patterns, ways of sharing our joy through hugs and handshakes and also has deprived some graduands the right of being here today. Let us remember that after every heavy rain, there is a rainbow, so after the storm of COVID 19, there will certainly be an improved Ghana.
Mr. Chairman, we reflect on the day we became part of Koforidua Technical University (KTU), and permit me to borrow the words of Michael Dell who said; “As you start your journey, the first thing you should do is to throw away that store-bought map and begin to draw your own”. We are leaving this place today as a result of the map we drew. The late Kofi Annan once said, “Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope”. Koforidua Technical University has given us this bridge in the form of Btech, HND and DPA. We are to work with it and bring hope to Ghana, Africa and the World as a whole.
Follow graduands, while we go out into the world to further pursue our dreams, we will need each other to build a better society. Let us therefore, learn to extend a helping hand to each other and network our way up. The world is full of opportunities that have not been discovered yet. This bestows on us the responsibility of making a choice. Let us, therefore, consider the words of the late Kofi Annan who said, “To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there”. Let us become avenues through which employment would be created and not employees. This will demonstrate to the world that we are graduates from Koforidua Technical University. I will entreat all of us to hold strong onto our integrity, and not bow to bribery and corruption as we go into the world today.
Long Live Ghana; Long Live Koforidua Technical University; Thank you and Congratulations