Over nine hundred students graduated from the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) with diplomas and degrees at the weekend after the ceremony was postponed twice.
Rector of GIJ, Dr. Wilberforce Dzisah, while delivering his speech at the ceremony, asked the graduates to create their own businesses, instead of waiting on the government for a job.
“As you venture into the world, see yourself as important players in knowledge-based economy. It is up to you to take advantage of what you have learnt and apply it in a productive way rather than fold your arms and wait for government to find you a job,” he advised.
Dr. Dzisah also urged the graduates to continue to challenge themselves and never allow anything or anyone to deter them from achieving their highest ambition in life.
He announced that as part of the institute’s strategic agenda, it has initiated the process of adding new programmes.
These, he disclosed, are Integrated Development Studies and Communication and Marketing and Advertising Communication.
The rector of the GIJ also said the institute was faced with staffing problems, and that the total number of staff stood at 80.
On the issue of the institute’s new site at North Dzorwulu, Accra, Dr. Dzisah said the four-storey lecture and office complex was under construction and that it had been roofed.
Acting Chief Executive of Ghana Gas Company, Dr. Ben Asante, who was the Chairman for the ceremony, speaking o the theme: “Communication as a tool for sustaining the Oil and Gas industry,” asked journalists to build their capacities in oil and gas to be able to provide accurate reportage on the sector.
He urged the graduates to be bold and learn from their mistakes, respect the views of others and not only base their reportage on perception but do thorough analysis of issues before disseminating their reports to the public.
Out of 1,060 students, 954 successfully graduated from the institute with diplomas and degrees in Communication Studies.
Specifically, 319 students graduated with diplomas while 635 students were awarded with degrees in Communication Studies.
Miss Ruth Bazing was adjudged the best Broadcast Journalist and the Overall Best Student for the 2017 graduating class.
Miss Tryphena Lizzert Yeboah also picked the award for Most Promising Journalism student; Antwi Gifty was named the best student in Public Relations and Jonah Eledi was honoured as the most Promising Public Relations student.
Agozie Brigitte was named the best student in Print Journalism while Kingsley Adom and Ann Adjsah were rewarded for their exploits in Journalism and PR respectively as part of the Top-Up programme.
Also, Logo Veronica won the award for best student in Public Relations while Cynthia Gyan won awards for best Journalism and overall best student for Diploma.
…with Elizabeth Amarfio