The Faculty of Law of the University of Cape Coast has held a Roll Call ceremony for newly admitted students of the Faculty. A roll call is an annual event held to induct new junior members into the Faculty.
In all, a total of one hundred and twenty-five (125) inductees took the oath of honour which was administered by Her Ladyship, Justice Patience Mills-Tetteh, the Supervising High Court Judge of the Central Region.
The ceremony was also used to honour students who have distinguished themselves academically in their field of study. Forty-Five (45) students received the Dean’s honour award Summa Cum Laude, and forty-one (41) received Magna Cum Laude.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Provost of the College of Humanities and Legal Studies, Prof Francis Eric Amuquandoh, charged the inductees to take their academic work seriously by striking a careful balance between their social and academic lives.
According to him, one surest way of excelling as students is to make well informed choices and decisions in the course of their studies and avoid any form of distraction. He urged the students to uphold the core values of the Faculty of Law which is Diligence, Integrity and Service.
Giving the keynote address on the theme, ‘’Law is not just a set of rules”, the Dean of the School of Business of the University of Cape Coast, Prof. John Gartchie Gatsi, said the rule of law is the cornerstone of the overall existence of a country. “To become a lawyer is not simply about joining a profession in a class of its own, but a profession that defines society, its values, citizens, its finances, training of human resources and exploitation of natural resources” he said.
Prof. John Gartchie Gatsi used the example of the evolution of legislation dealing with spousal property rights to demonstrate how the law has affected the society with regards of women’s rights. He mentioned that “before coming into force of the 1992 Constitution, women suffered multiple discrimination and deprivation when it came to the sharing of spousal property.”
Present at the ceremony were Prof. Francis Eric Amuquandoh, Provost, College of Humanities & Legal Studies, Dr. Peter A. Atupare, Dean, Faculty of Law, Prof. John Gartchie Gatsi, Dean, School of Business, Prof. Afful, Department of English, Mr. Constantine K. M. Kudzedzi, Coordinator, Faculty of Law, and Mrs. Sohpia Abnory, Faculty Officer, Faculty of Law.