The Techiman campus of Valley View University in the Brong Ahafo region on Sunday held its 23rd graduation ceremony.
A total of 1,040 students who pursued various under-graduate and graduate programmes graduated.
They include 772 males representing 74.2% and 268 females representing 25.8% who obtained MBA degrees and PGDE certificates.
Acting Rector, Dr. Peter Agyekum Boateng, said the university has increased its enrollment, academic programs, research and publications.
Former Education Minister, Prof. Christopher Akumfi Ameyaw, expressed worry over the increase in examination malpractices in Ghanaian tertiary institutions.
Former Education Minister, Prof. Christopher Akumfi Ameyaw
“...examination malpractices, grade adjustments, issuance of false certificates in our institutions are all real, yet all of us behave as if they do not exist," he said, adding "We must do something about it as a people before it gets out of hand."
He complained about issue of infrastructure faced by manyt public institutions in the country.
"I have no problem at all supporting students, whatever facility is available for students should be extended to those in private universities. For example, they must have access to the student's fund but when it comes to putting up buildings for private institutions, some of us have a different view."
The Municipal Chief Executive of Techiman, John Kofi Donyina, in his address congratulated the students for the wonderful feat achieved. He urged them to grab opportunities provided by government to deal with the unemployment challenges facing the country.
He also noted "graduation is one chapter and the beginning of another and so, therefore, as you get ready to embark on an exciting next step.
"Never rush, don't let the voice of other opinions dwell out your own inner voices and avoid all things that will reduce and make you trivial in the eyes of the citizens."
On behalf of the Omanhene of the Techiman Traditional Area, Nana Fordjour thanked the Valley View University for the efforts made to expand education in the country.
He said "this campus (Techiman) was a tug of war between traditional authorities and the Seventh Day Adventist church. We gave them a huge land to make it profitable to serve us.
"But they were sitting down until Nananom moved and told them that until they do something here, we are taking our lands back. quickly, they decided to move their campus here. So we're the agitators for this campus to come".
He further advised the graduands to make good use of their certificates by being productive as they join the job market.
The overall best graduating student, Mensah Ernest Adjei had a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.95 in B.Ed Mathematics. He thanked God for guiding him through his four-year stay on campus.