The vice chancellor of the University of Buckingham, Sir Anthony Seldon, has described Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia as “the most distinguished alumnus ever” of the University.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony for the 2019 Humanities and Law graduates of the University on Friday, he said although Buckingham University had students and alumni drawn from over 81 countries, it was “an honour and a privilege” to have Dr Bawumia as the number two man in one of the greatest countries in Africa.
Dr Bawumia graduated with a First Class honours degree in economics from the University in 1987.
He was invited as the Inspirational Speaker for the 2019 graduation ceremony.
In a repeat of history, another Ghanaian student of the university, Mr. Akwasi Nyame-Baafi, graduated with First Class honours in economics in the 2019 batch.
“We are deeply honoured to have you today with us as our Inspirational Speaker, not the least because you are, perhaps, our most distinguished ever alumnus, and we are so, so proud to have you back at your alma mater” Sir Seldon stated.
While the University of Buckingham has always pushed for diversity in faculties and students with diverse background, it was gratifying to have one of its own as the Vice President of Ghana, Sir Seldon said
“It is a wonderful family to be part of, and I can’t tell you what an honour (it is to have him here as our Inspirational Speaker). I mean the Vice President of one of the great countries in Africa and one of the great countries in the world!
“We are going to be hearing a lot more of you and of your country in the years to come,” the Buckingham VC said.
Addressing the mixed audience of students, families and faculty, Vice President Bawumia encouraged the graduands to nurture and maintain the bonds of friendship formed in the academic environment, saying such relationships will play a very important role in the successes and failures they may encounter in life outside school.
Recalling his own experiences as a student and later as a banker-turned-politician, Dr Bawumia charged the students to see every seeming setback as an opportunity to strive even harder to achieve their goals.
Vice President Bawumia later inaugurated the University of Buckingham Students of Ghanaian Origin (UBUSOGO) association, a body bringing together current students and alumni of the University.