The GH Media School graduated 129 students for the sixth cohort and 141 students for the seventh cohort at its fifth graduation ceremony held in Accra.
Graduates offered one-year certificate and two-year diploma programs in Integrated Marketing Communications, Media Arts, Television and Film Production, and Journalism and Media Studies.
Graduates have received academic awards in courses such as television and radio, broadcast journalism, print journalism, media law and marketing, public relations, and international business communications.
Others were advertising, production management, television and radio production and editing, camera and lighting operations, sound production, animation, professional gaming, makeup and special effects.
Some graduates have also received awards as part of special non-academic recognitions such as Best Dressed Students, Well Behaved Students, Most Enterprising Students, Most Dedicated Students, and Most Visionary and Leadership Students.
In the sixth cohort, Ms. Esther Owusu became the best overall student while Ms. Grace Odonkor Ofori was named the best student in the seventh cohort.
The school also used the ceremony to commission its new 80-seat editing suite to provide students with the opportunity to learn in depth how to edit stories.
Mr. Leslie Addo Listowell, the rector of the school told the graduates to go into journalism and prove their competence, competitive spirit and relevance because what would keep them going was their relevance.
He said there were workers with no distinction or big certificates who excelled in the job market because of their skills, while others with big certificates and less skills were unemployed.
He therefore asked them not to underestimate the skills acquired in school but to go and use them to excel in the field.
“Don’t go show yourself in the industry and teach them what to do or behave like you know everything, just go learn,” Listowell told the graduates.
The rector urged them to remove the words “I can’t do” from their dictionary, adding that they shouldn’t expose their ignorance but would do well to ask questions if they didn’t know something.
He reiterated that 99% of failures come from people who have always given excuses and asked graduates to always be ready to take on a task in the field.
Ms. Owusu, in a speech on behalf of the graduates, expressed her gratitude to the school authorities for their rigor in ensuring that the students are engaged in their studies.
The rigor, she said, made them disciplined and successful in academia and other fields.