The outstanding performance of the 2017 graduating class could be attributed to the fact that they are made up of the cream of two cohorts from the three-year and four-year senior high school who were admitted into the university in 2013. Professor Mark Adom-Asamoah, Provost of the College, made this assertion at the 51st Congregation Ceremony of the University.
Giving the graduating statistics, Prof. Adom-Asamoah explained that a total of 950 fresh student engineers made up of 189 females and 761 males from 15 different programmes were presented for graduation. Out of this number, a total of 203 students constituting 21.4% graduated with first class degrees as compared to only 92 students (constituting 9%) last year.
Professor Adom-Asamoah explained that another 513 constituting 54% obtained Second Class Upper degrees, while 220 or 23.1% had Second Lower division. Only 14 students representing about 1.5% graduated with passes, which is lower than last year’s of 2.5%.
The percentage of students graduating with Second Class Upper jumped from 47% last year to 54% this year. Those who had Second Class Lower division reduced from 42% last year to 23.1 this year. These statistics make the 2017 batch the best ever graduating class from the College, according to the Provost.
In his address, the Provost commended the benefactors of the College and its faculties for their contributions to the success story.
In a motivational speech, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo), Teknokrat Ing. William Amuna, urged graduands as the new breed of modern engineers to change the world and contribute to nation building. He said, “Your progress is part of the success story of the country”.
Teknokrat Ing. Amuna encouraged the graduands especially the new female engineers to make a positive impact wherever they find themselves and to be agents of change with the sound training and positive attributes acquired from KNUST.
In concluding his address, the GRIDCo boss assured the graduands of the support of the government and senior alumni, and encouraged them to team up and start their own businesses instead of waiting for non-existent jobs.