Total of 1,450 students of the Garden City University College (GCUC) at Kenyase in the Kwabre East District, in the Ashanti Region, took the oath of matriculation at the 17th matriculation ceremony of the university to pursue various courses.
The matriculation took place in-person at the university’s campus in Kenyase and virtually via the internet at all the learning centres of the GCUC throughout the country.
Addressing the students, the President of the university, Emeritus Professor Anthony Apeke Adimado, admonished students of the university not to allow peer pressure to distract them because that could be counterproductive.
He said the freedom offered by university life was such that students could easily fall prey to the lure of peer pressure that could negatively affect their education.
He thus urged the students to remain steadfast and focus in order to complete their course successfully.
According to him, “it is your level of commitment to your academic work that will determine the degree and level of your performance in all your assessments and examinations at the end of each semester.
“I, therefore, urge you not to allow any peer extraneous influences to distract your attention from your academic work. Such influences can be counterproductive,” he said.
Like any other university, he said GCUC was governed by rules and regulations to guide the conduct and activities while on campus.
These guidelines, he explained, were contained in the students information handbook and urged the students’ to make the handbook their friend in order to be abreast of the rules and regulations governing the university.
“These rules are not just cosmetic designs; they are meant to be obeyed. There are sanctions for violating them with a view to enforcing discipline in the system,” he stated.
Prof. Adimado said GCUC had put in place machinery and facilities to make life comfortable for all students.
According to him, a “conducive and congenial teaching and learning environment has also been created in this University.”
He was, therefore, hopeful that the students would take advantage of the provisions to enhance their learning.
“The only dignifying road to success is the oneness of purpose, honesty and hard work. Should you take that course, I assure you that you will reap the fruits through awards and garlands at the appropriate time.
"Our joy and pride as parents and teachers alike is your success. We will, therefore, continue to wish you all well,” Prof. Adimako stated.