The Management of the University of Ghana has disclosed it will be holding a virtual graduation ceremony for some graduands, particularly law students at the end of the 2019/2020 academic year amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
This has become necessary due to the constant increase in COVID-19 cases in the country and the president’s ban on social gatherings.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (ASA) Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo speaking on the Campus Exclusive show on Tuesday, said this was an outcome of the consideration of the category of students who have certification and professional exams.
“Law for instance, because they have to graduate before they take their entrance exams for the professional school. So for that one I can say there’ll be a virtual graduation… Then for a certain group of medical students that is waiting because if they don’t graduate within a certain maximum number of months they’ll have to retake their examinations,” she intimated.
Prof. Nana Aba Amfo furthered that the management is in consultation on which particular model of graduation to settle on for the rest of final year students.
“The Registrar and her team are having discussions and working on making proposals to management on how to carry out graduation ceremonies for the entire class of 2020,” she added.
She insisted that the new arrangement comes as a useful replacement for the regular or traditional graduation ceremonies which are even for the next two months impossible to hold.
Prof. Appiah Amfo added that the results from the first set of virtual graduation ceremonies will make the management decide as to whether or not to continue with the arrangement
“Within the next month or two we really can’t have physical graduation so we will have some virtual graduation ceremonies and let’s see depending on how well it goes,” she noted.
Since the President’s ban on public gatherings and closure of schools in March this year, there have been concerns about how to hold statutory academic ceremonies including graduation, an important feature on the calendar of universities.
Some universities across the world, including several campuses of the University of California, have already welcomed the idea of a virtual graduation ceremonies.
As this novel arrangement progressively becomes the new normal, the University of Ghana looks forward to be the first in the West African sub-region to hold a virtual graduation ceremony.