UPSA confers honorary Doctorate degree on First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo

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Three notable Ghanaian women have been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Professional Studies, Accra in recognition of their contributions to the advancement of society.

The 5th Session of the 15th Congregation of the University of Professional Studies, Accra, held on Tuesday, December 12, honored the First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo; Speaker of Parliament, Mrs. Joyce Bamford Addo; and former Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood.

The special honoree was President Akufo-Addo.

The three women were honored for accomplishing a number of firsts in their lives as women, and Vice-Chancellor Professor Abednego Amartey said that they have made extraordinary contributions to Ghanaian society and beyond.

“This is the first in history, that UPSA will be honouring three accomplished females at the same event. These are Her Excellency Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, (First lady, Founder and first CEO of the Rebecca Foundation); Rt. Hon. Justice Joyce Bamford-Addo (First female Speaker of Parliament and the only female Speaker of Parliament to date, and first female Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana); and Her Ladyship Justice Georgina Theodora Wood (First female Chief Justice in Ghana).”

“Your Excellency, may I take a moment to reflect on the significance of today’s honorary doctorate awards. Honorary degrees are not merely symbols of recognition; they are testaments to a lifetime of dedication, passion, and impact. Our honourees today, come from diverse fields, each contributing in their unique way to the betterment of our society. Today, we will acknowledge these individuals who have exemplified excellence, innovation and service to humanity, becoming symbols of inspiration for generations to come. From ground-breaking achievements in Social Development, Law and Politics to profound contributions in the public service, their impact resonates far beyond imagination.

Professor Abednego Amartey characterized them as outstanding professionals who have shown a dedication to humanitarian causes, participated in substantial philanthropy, and whose outstanding contributions have made a lasting impact on both their field and society as a whole.

He said these strong women have not only succeeded in their roles by shattering gender stereotypes, but they have also opened doors for countless others, demonstrating that greatness is devoid of gender.


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