Setordzi Edward has been honoured the overall best 2019 graduating student of the Akatsi College of Education.
He was one of the graduands of the 13th Congregation of Akatsi College Education who successfully completed and graduated from the College at a joint ceremony organized by the College for both 2019 and 2020 Graduating Classes.
He graduated with a Commutative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.8 and was awarded outstanding student for Academic Excellence.
During the 13th Graduation Ceremony organized at the Letsa Korba Hall in College, the Principal of the Akatsi College Education Mr. John E. Seddoh has announced that, a total of ten (10) graduands had First Class Honours for which Setordzi Edward was adjudged the overall best.
Addressing the congregation on behalf of the graduating class of 2019, Setordzi Edward announced his hearty appreciation the management of the College and the awarding institution, University of Cape Coast, Institute for the honour bestowed on him.
According to him, they have fought a good fight, through many struggles to finish the diploma race. “Finally there is a laid up for us the crown of our perseverance, endurance and persistence. Today is a memorable day that marks the end of a remarkable three years of determination and hard work. It is fitting and proper on a historic day like this to reflect on how it all begun five years ago. Though we all had our individual experiences to narrate, the most important aspect is that we are at the finish line.” He said.
“We came into this institution as individuals with different backgrounds full of hopes and aspirations. We had good journey with some bumps along the way but we are grateful that we are here as part of our dreams to share our success story with all and sundry. Walt Disney once said “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them”. He further said.
Speaking further, Mr. Setordzi Edward said, their dreams began when they opened the college acceptance letters where they envisioned themselves becoming teachers.
“Today, we take the final step in our college experience. Our hard work, long hours of studying the principles and theories of learning propounded by these theorists, (Jean Piajet, Edward Lee Thorndike, Erik Erikson) just to mention few in addition to other brain racking subjects and constant stress has finally paid off. It is time to take the knowledge we have gained and apply what we have learned to the pursuit of our future endeavors. For some there may be a continuation of their education and to others, it is the start of their chosen profession and whichever the case may be, I wish all my colleague graduands all the happiness and fortune this life may bring.”
“Mr. Chairman, teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions. Therefore, we made no mistake by choosing this noble and influential profession on the planet. Let us know that, teaching is a tough job, but it is one that you can make the most impact on another person’s life. Let us also note that, teachers affect eternity. We can never tell where our influence stop.”
“Mr. Chairman, We did not attain this level all by ourselves. Therefore on behalf of my colleagues I would like to use this platform to appreciate our lovely parents, guardians and loved ones, who are not here to celebrate this day with us due to the novel coronavirus. In fact they deserve a tap on the shoulders. We are grateful for their care, support and advice. In fact the best feeling in the world is seeing parents, guardians and loved ones smiling just because of you. For that we know today will be their greatest smile.”
“To our tutors and the management staff of this prestigious institution we say thumbs up for your hard work and dedication. We came as neophytes but you have trained our affective, cognitive and psychomotor domains. Thanks to your efforts we are leaving Akatsi College of Education refined and polished for the world of work.”
“Also our lives as students would have been incomplete without course mates and friends we made along the way, you really put smiles on our faces and made it more memorable.”
“To my fellow graduands we deserve a round of applause because we made it. The three year of our stay here was full of hurdles but with God all things work together for our good. As written in the Good Book”
“There is time for everything”. Yes. There is time to be enrolled in an institution and time to say goodbye.
“Today, we are leaving this noble institution as better individuals, not just because we possess certificate but vital principles such as discipline, integrity and perseverance have been instilled in us. As we prepare to begin a new chapter in our lives, let us continue our chosen profession with passion irrespective of the challenges or the compensation at hand. Let us remember that we are capable of been world changers and training pupils to meet the needs of a dynamic society. I urge you all to make no mistake because we are heroes and heroines to many children. Let that be one of the many reasons we continue to nurture the architects of the future.”
“Mr. Chairman, I will end with these words of Ralph Waldo Emerson “Do not go where the path may lead, so instead go where there is no path and leave a trail”.
A BRIEF PROFILE ABOUT SETORDZI EDWARD
Setordzi Edward was born on the 25th of June, 1998 to Samuel Setordzi and Esinam Blebu at Anloga in the Volta Region of Ghana.
He started his basic education at Anseco Basic School up to class four. For a reason best known to his mother, she moved him to Kekeli School Complex at Aflao where he completed his basic education successfully in 2012 and that qualified him to second cycle.
Edward attended Anlo Senior high School (Anseco) where he studied science and completed in 2015.
After spending a year in the house to help his parents who are farmers to raise money for his education, in 2016 he had admission to Akatsi College of Education to study Science programme where he completed with First Class Honours and also as the best student of 2019 Class.
Though he went through thick and thin, he had never given up on his dreams. He had always believed that “dreams can come through if only the courageous can pursue them”.