The University College of Management Studies (UCOMS) on Saturday, held its 11th congregation ceremony.

The event held at its Jerusalem campus in Kasoa over the weekend was on the theme: ‘Responding to the challenges in the changing global Human Resource Space: The role of UCOMS’.

The graduating students of 2021 from the faculty of Business Administration with majors in Accounting, Banking and Finance, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Procurement, and Supply Chain Management were awarded Bachelor of Science degrees.

Also pioneering students from the faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Management with majors in food beverages, travel and tour were also presented with BSc degrees.

22of the graduands had First Class, 89 Second Class Upper, 51 and 5 had Second Class Lower and Pass respectively.

Noah Asare who pursued BSc in Procurement and Supply Chain Management was adjudged the overall best graduating student. He also won the Founder’s Excellence Award.

Chairman of the UCOMS Governing Council, Professor Vladimir Antwi-Danso said due to the quality tuition, their graduates are found in all sectors of the economy competing favourably in the job market both nationally and internationally.

“Private tertiary institutions in Ghana are playing very important role in educating and preparing the work force. We pride ourselves in providing practical oriented training for our graduands” he stated.

He expressed appreciation to their mentor institution, University of Education, Winneba and the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission their ensuring very high standards are maintained in training the young men and women.

Prof. Antwi-Danso appealed to the graduands to excel in their various fields of endeavour be worthy ambassadors of the school.

Vice Chancellor, University of Education, Winneba, Professor Andy Ofori-Birikorang in a speech read on his behalf charged the students not to be a misfit in society.

“We expect that nobody takes certificate from UCOMS and by extension University of Education, Winneba and join Graduates Unemployment Association” he stressed.

Prof. Ofori-Birikorang called on the graduands to impact positively in society by creating employment with the knowledge acquired.

Guest speaker, Professor Joshua Alabi, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies Accra (UPSA) urged the graduands to hold themselves to high ethical standards in their chosen fields.

He charged the graduands to use their knowledge in entrepreneurial skills to bring about a change in their lives, families, communities, country and the world at large.

“Your alma mater, UCOMS has equipped you with the tools to meet the challenges of life. Yours is to be creative and ingenious to wear the crown of success in life” Prof Alabi stated.

The former UPSA Vice Chancellor underscored the need for the graduands to build their social capital as they go into the job market.

He also urged management of UCOMS to take advantage of the digital evolution across the world.

Prof. Alabi said the world is driven by Information Communication Technology (ICT) hence they must take advantage and hold virtual classes to expand its population.

Mr. Asare who delivered the valedictory address on behalf of his cohort expressed appreciation of the students to the University community, their parents and loved ones for their sacrifices.

“The sacrifice and toil have not been in vain. Let got out there and dare to be great” he stated.

Mr. Asare charged the graduating class to make giant strides in their field of endeavors.

“View failure as a means to correct your mistakes and create opportunities for yourself. We are capable of being world changers” he added.

The UCOMS was founded in 1974 as a professional tutorial college offering courses in Marketing, Sales Management, Advertising, Public Relations, Journalism and Accountancy. The College was re-named University College of Management Studies with the introduction of some foreign professional programmes.

UCOMS is affiliated to the University of Education, Winneba, and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

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