Amid drizzle and loud cheers, Ashesi celebrated its 13th graduating class at a memorable ceremony held in the Archer Cornfield Courtyard on campus this weekend. Nearly 2,000 family, friends, students and alumni joined the Class of 2017 to celebrate their years of work at Ashesi, and welcome them to the Ashesi alumni community. Mike Nyinaku, CEO of BEIGE, was guest speaker at this year’s commencement ceremony.

Other guests of honour included the Chief of Berekuso, Nana Oteng Korankye II, Professor Jerry Samuel Kuma, Vice Chancellor, University of Mines and Technology, Professor Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Coast, Robert P. Jackson, American Ambassador to Ghana and Tove Degnbol, Danish Ambassador to Ghana. 167 members of the class were awarded Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration, Computer Science and Management Information Systems.

With the graduation of the Class of 2017, Ashesi’s alumni community eclipses the 1000-mark. Not only was this the largest graduating class yet, the Class of 2017 also raised the bar for academic excellence, with 34% of the Class graduating with Honours. "We come here today as an expression of our connectedness," remarked Ashesi President, Dr. Patrick Awuah in his remark. "We come here to celebrate your accomplishments. We come here as an expression of our belief in your promise as a force for good in the world."