the premier hall of residence of the University of Ghana, Legon Hall, has honoured 200 alumni and fellows of the hall as part of celebrations to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the university.
Some distinguished fellows of the hall who were given medals were Prof S. K. B. Asante, an academician and management consultant, Prof Sakyi Awuku Amoa of the Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) and the managing directors of the Trust Bank and the Ghana Commercial Bank, Messrs Isaac Owusu Himeng and Lawrence Adu-Mante, respectively.
Dr Edward Nasigre Mahama, Prof Evans Atta Mills and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, all alumni of the hall, who were also billed to be honoured did not show up.
A significant part of the function was the unveiling of a marble structure bearing a cockerel and engraved with the names of all alumni, former masters, tutors and fellows of the hall.
A former resident of Legon Hall and retired diplomat, Mr Ebenezer M. Debrah, addressing the students, said discipline, commitment and adherence to rules were the cardinal principles that students must adopt to set them on the right course to adulthood.
Mr Debrah, who represented Mr J. H. Mensah, who was the first Junior Common Room (JCR) President of the hall, recounted how the foundational principles for adulthood had been inculcated in them as students of the hall. “We learnt discipline at Legon Hall,” he said, and went on to recount how he had been denied his meal because he had opted to take dessert first.
He said he was told that desserts were taken after meals and so if he had taken it before, it meant he did not want the meal.
That lesson had helped him later as a diplomat and he was able to also pass on the experience to other diplomats, he added.
He said from his experience as Chairman of the Civil Service Council, it was clear that Legon Hall had made many contributions in the service of the country by the calibre of students that came out of the hall.
In a goodwill message, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof C. N. B. Tagoe, said the motto of the hall: “To whom much is given, much is expected”, had been lived out by students of the hall since September 1952 when the first batch of students of the hall graduated.
He asked that the spirit of camaraderie between alumni and students would continue for the young ones to learn and imbibe the dedication and hard work that characterised those who passed out of the hall.
The Hall Master, Rev Dr Abraham Akrong, expressed the hope that the excellence the hall was celebrating would be diligently passed on to the younger generation.
A past Hall Tutor, Prof E. Laing, who chaired the programme, expressed his appreciation to all for making the success of the hall possible.