The service, which was preceded with joy amid singing and dancing, was suddenly replaced with sorrow as students and sympathizers sat quietly listening to names of their departed loved ones.
A total of 36 deaths were recorded for the 2009/2010 academic year out of which 18 were made up of staff and the rest students.
Rev. Steve Asante, President of the Ghana Baptist Convention, in a sermon, revealed that one cannot be a child of God still engaging in wanton and promiscuous behaviours.
Rev. Asante congratulated the university authorities for their foresight for setting a day aside to give thanks to God and assured the Vice Chancellor of God’s eye on the university.
Flanked by the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Proessor Peter Donkor and the Registrar, Mr Kobby Yebo-Okrah, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor William Otoo Ellis presented undisclosed amount of money to the bereaved families.
Professor Ellis disclosed that the occasion was instituted on the university’s calendar in 2007 as a way of thanking God for the university and to acknowledge the contributions of staff and students who have passed away to the Lord.
He thanked God for all the mercies and grace he has extended to the university and the success chalked over the years.
He also thanked collaborators and sponsors for their role, staff for their contributions and the students for bearing with the university even in difficult times and for being law abiding.
Professor Ellis admonished the congregation to remember to honour their heroes every day.
Intercessory prayers were said for the university administrators, senior and junior members, the SRC, bereaved families and the impending semester examinations.
Present at the service were the former Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor K. K Adarkwa and his wife, Provosts of the various colleges, the Dean of Students, members of the clergy, Deans of departments and some senior and junior members of the university.
By: Bright Habita