The ceremony, which took place at the school’s campus at Kpong, saw a total of fifty students which comprised 24 males and 26 females taking the matriculation oath.
In his address, the Inaugural Dean of the school, Dr. Christopher N. Tetteh, encouraged the matriculants to rest assured that they have made the right choice in their quest to develop themselves academically, as Ensign offers the desired “citadel of learning, teaching, research, and community service for producing, sharing, and implementing knowledge”.
Dr. Tetteh further urged the students to learn to be tolerant of one another and also imbibe the coveted hallmark of intellectual self-reliance that Ensign teaches.
“First, recognize and be tolerant of those whose backgrounds and beliefs are different from your own. Then move from understanding and tolerance to the joy of making new friends that you could not have possibly made unless you enrolled in a global university like Ensign”.
Again, “at Ensign, we do not tell students what to think. You have to learn to think for yourselves. Our teaching is designed to teach you how to learn and how to take charge of your thinking. We encourage you to be independent in your judgement, critical in your analysis and innovative in developing solutions”, Dr. Tetteh noted.
Dr. Tetteh also challenged the students to as a matter of importance look beyond their individual interests and become agents of change in confronting such global challenges as debilitating diseases, poverty, global warming, financial turmoil, and great disparities in healthcare.
This, he noted was because “meeting the challenges facing our society requires us to go beyond individual areas of study to excellence and depth in public health that allow us to work together to find innovative solutions”.
Also present at the ceremony were the Vice Chair of the Ensign College Board of Directors, Prof Agyemang Badu Akosa, the Municipal Chief Executives of Lower Manya Krobo District, Mr Jacob Acolatse , Faculty and Staff of Ensign.
Ensign College of Public Health was founded by Robert and Lynnette Gay, American Philanthropists, it is fully accredited by the National Accreditation Board of Ghana to run a Master of Public Health degree program and affiliated to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi and collaborating with the University of Utah- USA.