Incredible stories of perseverance and of overcoming great odds have emerged as Wisconsin graduated more than 760 students in various degree and diploma programmes. Among the amazing tales is that of an MBA graduate who juggled a demanding full-time job, two young children and another on the way to emerge ‘Best Overall MBA Student 2015’. 

The story of Bintu Fatimat Amin, who won the ‘Best Overall MBA Student’ award, is proof that anyone can make it if they put their minds to something. 

An Accounts Manager at Regimanuel Gray Ltd, a real estate company in Accra, Mrs Amin decided to embark on an MBA in Finance to push her career to the next level. 

A mother of two young children, she already had her hands full juggling family responsibilities and a demanding job that required attention to detail. So when she fell pregnant with her third child, she could have thrown in the towel and quit. But she didn’t. In fact, she went on not just to complete the programme, but to emerge top of the class.

Mrs Amin said: “It’s really all about hard work and perseverance. And of course God, a supportive family and my group members who I studied with.

“People believe in investing in land, houses and other things, which are all good. However, all these things can be taken away from you at any time. Education is an investment in yourself. Once you have it, you can also impart it to others”.

Lamina Elizabeth Mariam, another high achiever, scooped two Special Awards – the Samira Adam award for Best Accounting Female Student and Best Overall Undergraduate Student.

Wisconsin’s 8th Congregation Ceremony, on 21st November 2015, was well-attended by graduands, family, friends and well-wishers. 

Dignitaries, including the US Embassy Ghana’s Public Affairs Counsellor, Mr Daniel Fennell, and representatives from Wisconsin’s mentoring institutions: University of Ghana – Legon, University of Cape Coast and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST) inspired the students with their Goodwill Messages.

Charging the graduands to change the course of Africa for the better, Wisconsin’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Kofi Oduro-Afriyie, said: “Through your innovativeness, digital know-how and connectedness, your generation has the unprecedented opportunity to turn the tide of poverty, corruption and other ills that plague our continent.”

Prof. Oduro-Afriyie encouraged the graduands to constantly challenge themselves, take initiative, have the courage to stand up for what is right, exercise integrity and give back to society.

The following Special Awards were given to outstanding students, faculty and administrative staff:

Best Lecturer – Justice Kwarteng

Best Worker – Jennifer Commey

Overall Best Graduating Student (Undergraduate) – Lamina Elizabeth Mariam

Best Graduating Student (MBA) – Bintu Fatimat Amin

Best Graduating Student (MBA – HR option) – Serwaa Agyeman-Lamptey

Best Graduating Student (MA) – Mercy Maku Mawusi Koukoyi

Best Accounting Software Student (Sage) – Cornelius Malm Martey Burgersson

Best Accounting Software Student (Tally) – Chidera G. Ibeike

Best Entrepreneurship Student – Sylvia Agyeibea Bediako

Best HR Management Student (Undergraduate) – Doosuur Pamela Ikima

Best Level 100 Student – Asiedu Charles Jr

Best Level 200 Student – Ifeoluwa Olatunde Tabi

Best Level 300 Student – Barbara Naa Kwarley Quartey

Samira Adam Award for:

Best Accounting Student (Male) - Cornelius Malm Martey Burgersson

Best Accounting Student (Female) - Lamina Elizabeth Mariam

VC’s Award for Best Student in Mathematics (Quantitative Methods I & II) – Chison Sarah Mba

Chinese Ambassador’s Award:

Hannah Fosu

Duke Papa Atta-Brobbey

Abdulai Rahmatu

Erica Odwira Opoku

Love-Dora Mensah

Ezenagu Ejike Kelvin

Michael Modupe Victoria

Ogubuike Joshua Chukuemeka

Hinneh Erica Kumi

Mbah Chidinma Judith

Victoria Ametowoloba Award for Female Role Model – Deborah  Loko

Justice Isaac Duose Award for Male Role Model – Blessing Ekanem Etiene

More photos from the ceremony are available at facebook.com/wiucghana. Videos of the ceremony are available at https://goo.gl/UQGxl2