Dr Sam Esson Jonah, Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), has called on graduates to be bold to shun corruption in the civil service and other government institutions to save the country from destruction.
Dr Jonah, who was speaking at the fifth session of the 48th congregation of the School of Graduate Studies of the University, said they would fail the nation if as elites, they did not take bold initiatives to eliminate that canker from the society.
He said it was imperative for them to be led by the truth, hard work, selflessness and dedication as they prepared to join the country’s workforce, to be able to overcome the imminent challenges confronting the country.
This year, a total of 1,915 graduands received higher degrees in various disciplines including 31 PhDs, 246 Master of Philosophy/ Master of Commence and 1,378 Masters Degrees by course work as well as 260 Post-graduate diplomas and certificates.
Dr Jonah admonished the graduates to make the spirit of entrepreneurship a viable option for sustenance in this era where the unemployed graduate phenomenon had become inevitable in the social fabric.
Professor Domwini Dabire Kuupole , the Vice Chancellor of UCC, said eleven new graduate programmes were introduced last year in an effort to improve and attract more graduate students for nation building.
The new programmes, he said, included Master of Philosophy/PhD in Drug Discovery and Toxicology, African Studies, International Relations, Home Economics and Infection and Immunity.
He said UCC has significantly transformed its curricula and the mode of delivery over the past years and would continue to chart innovative paths to respond to the national needs through effective teaching, research and community engagement.
Professor Kuupole said the University has established an Endowment /Graduate Development Fund to support the research work of graduate students.
Awards were given to graduands who exhibited outstanding research work from each of the colleges of the University.