THE first batch of 371 students of the Institute of Professionals Studies (IPS), which completed various degree programmes, graduated at the weekend.
The graduands were feted by the insitute , after they joined other graduants at a congregation at the University of Ghana, Legon as affiliates.
The grauduands, who were presented with certificates, pursued undergraduate programmes in administration, marketing and finance at the IPS since the introduction of Degree programmes in 2005.
The graduates were admitted to IPS in 2005.
In an address, the rector, Professor Joshua Alabi, said the graduation of the students marked the first congregation of the institute “which is an indication of our output and confirmation that IPS has changed for the better.
“We will not only expand access to high education by introducing new programmes, but also continue to produce quality manpower required for the country's development,” he stressed.
Prof. Alabi said the institute will as from next academic year, introduce Masters in Business Administration programmes in auditing, financial accounting, marketing and corporate governance.
He said the institute has consequently submitted the necessary documents to the National Accreditation Board for approval.
The rector, therefore, urged the undergraduates to use the degree certificate as a foundation for the professional programmes and enroll.
Prof. Alabi reminded the graduates of the many challenges as well as opportunities that lie ahead of them and said“Your success will depend on how you tackle these challenges and utilise the opportunities that come your way”.
“I believe the institute has equipped you with the necessary skills and knowledge that will enable you to carve your various niches in this competitive, globalised, knowledge-based economy of the 21st century”, he charged the students.
He urged them to put in their optimum best in all their endeavours because “society expects so much from you as torch bearers of academic excellence and fully-baked professionals”.
Prof. Alabi advised them to continue to read to develop themselves and broaden their hosizen because reading makes a man, noting that “this is the only way you can make an impact in society and increase your sphere influence”.