A joint graduation ceremony has been held at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), for the Senior Division Course 40 and Master’s Degree Science (MSc) Defence and International Politics (MDIP) at the Otu Barracks, Teshie on Friday, 16 August 2019.

The ceremony which was honoured by the Vice President of Ghana, His Excellency Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia saw a total of 67 students, 40 from the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), 27 allied Officers from 13 sister countries such as Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Togo, Rwanda, Niger, Mali, Botswana, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and Liberia and 28 civilians constituted the list of the fourth batch of students who graduated with MDIP.

In his address, the Vice President, Dr Bawumia charged the graduands to ensure that they use all the knowledge and skills they have acquired over the period of their study effectively for the benefit of their respective countries.

He added that the officers and civilians from allied countries in Africa, who have had the opportunity to study at the college, should be ambassadors of the College as they return to their countries.

“Be very diligent and let the tenets of loyalty, leadership, time management and the sense of responsibility instilled in you be evident in whatever you do. Let the knowledge you have gained here manifest in your work places and in your life endeavours,"-the Vice President said.

Dr Bawumia further stated that his office would continue to support the institution to effectively roll out its mandate as one of the learning Centres of excellence on the African continent.

The Commandant of GAFCSC, Rear Admiral Moses Beick-Baffour, in his speech also entreated members of Course 40 and the graduating MDIP students to be torch bearers of the noble institution.

"You are expected to be objective, analytical and proactive in your future deployment. I urge you to keep the flame burning in your various workplaces, "he added.

He further stated that obtaining a Pass Staff College (PSC) and MDIP degree from GAFCSC should earn the graduands higher responsibilities in their respective appointments in the various Ministries, Departments, Agencies and private organisations and also should add value in their respective future career engagements.

10 officers from the Senior Division Course 40 received awards with the overall best award and the Honour of Graduate going to Major Isaac Kobby Boako from the Ghana Army.

The overall best award in the Master of Science in Defence and International Politics programme as well as the best dissertation award went to Bridget Jacaba Avorgah, an Assistant Lecturer at the Islamic University College.