Focus, courage, determination and strength of character – not necessarily intelligence – are what is needed to succeed, Wisconsin’s Vice Chancellor has advised matriculants at the institution’s 15th Matriculation Ceremony. Over 990 students from 13 countries were matriculated at the ceremony on 14th October 2017.
“It has been proven time and again that those who succeed are not necessarily the brilliant. It is those who, despite their weaknesses and shortcomings, focus and persevere until they achieve their goals,” the Vice Chancellor, Professor Obeng Mireku, said.
Prof. Mireku further advised students to discipline themselves in all areas of life, to plan, to have a positive attitude and to make the library their friend.
Guest speaker Mr Ogochukwu Nweke, a Communications Consultant, urged students to become solution-oriented. Mr Nweke further called for an overhaul of the education system in Africa to take on a problem-solving approach.
Wisconsin alumnus Mr Selorm Kpade, currently Device Business Lead at telecommunications company Huawei, shared with matriculants how the institution had played a significant part in launching his career. Mr Kpade studied for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Wisconsin.
Congratulating the matriculants, the Chairman of the University Council Justice Isaac Duose, urged them to exercise the power of choice wisely, and to learn from the bad choices they may make.
Speaking on behalf of the matriculants, Victoria Abena Nyarko Asamoah, a Level 100 BA Communications student, said she, along with her fellow matriculants looked forward to achieving their dreams with the help of Wisconsin.
The matriculants were drawn from across six of the University College's seven Schools and Faculties: Wisconsin Business School, School of Communication Studies, School of Computing and Technology, School of Nursing, Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
The seventh of these is the School of Research and Graduate Studies.