Ghana Campus Celebrates First Commencement Ceremony

| May 27, 2015
First Commencement at Webster Ghana

In recognition of a historic moment in the centennial year, the academic mace from Webster’s oldest campus was part of the first commencement ceremony at its newest one in Accra, Ghana.

Webster Ghana graduates

A New Century: The first graduates from Webster University’s campus in Accra, Ghana

Amid a centennial year of celebrating changing lives and building strong communities during its first 100 years, on May 23 Webster University reached a milestone signaling the impact to come for the next 100: The first Webster University commencement ceremony in Africa.

Six degree candidates for the Class of 2015 either completed their studies or celebrated their completion at the Webster campus in Accra, Ghana, which opened in 2013 and began offering classes in 2014. The campus will begin accepting study abroad students for the first time in 2015-16.

For the campus’ first commencement ceremony, campus director Christa Sanders welcomed graduates, faculty and guests, while Esther A. N. Cobbah, chief executive of Stratcomm Africa, provided the commencement address.

Hooding at Webster Ghana

Campus director Christa Sanders was joined by faculty in hooding the first graduates.

Special guest speakers for the historic ceremony included representation from the Ghana Ministry of Education and the U.S. Embassy in Ghana.

Also on hand to congratulate and hood the graduates were faculty members Benjamin Akande, dean of Webster’s George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, and Leonard Suransky, head of the International Relations department at Webster Ghana and previously the department head at Webster’s Leiden campus.

John Ginsburg, acting academic director at Webster Ghana, served as master of ceremonies.

Jennifer Tchorly-Boadi, receiving her Master of Arts in International Relations, provided the student address. Also among the graduates was a Ghanaian who completed the Doctor of Management at the St. Louis campus, where Webster University was founded in 1915.

That inaugural Webster class 100 years ago consisted of five students. Today the University has almost 20,000 current students at campuses worldwide, with more than 176,000 alumni and a Class of 2015 that includes 6,574 graduates from 110 countries.

Webster Grad Families - Ghana

Proud families and friends cheered on the first graduates from Webster’s campus in Accra, Ghana.

The ceremony also featured a special symbol from the original campus in St. Louis: The academic mace, a ceremonial staff in academia that leads the faculty procession. As part of centennial celebrations, a new mace was crafted from mahogany and from tulip poplar wood, taken from the centennial tree which stood on campus for most of Webster’s first 100 years. The old mace was sent to Webster Ghana for its first ceremony.

View more images from the ceremony in this album on Facebook.

Webster Commencement Around the World

Across the network of Webster campuses around the world, local ceremonies take place throughout the summer and into the fall depending on local schedule. For more on international campus ceremonies that took place this month, see:

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  1. Eric says:

    I was honored to be present at this beautiful and historic ceremony. Even though dark clouds loomed overhead threatening a storm, similar to our main ceremony in St. Louis, the heavens smiled on us and stayed the storm while cooling off the afternoon temperature. Dr. Benjamin Akande gave a powerful and inspiration speech, as usual. Jennifer Tchorly-Boadi, one of the International Relations graduates, also gave a very impactful speech about why Webster University resonates with her and her lifelong journey to enrich lives.

    I am proud of Webster University, Ghana and this accomplishment.