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KNUST has announced for the information of 2020 graduands the modus for the year’s congregation.

The 54th maiden virtual congregation is set to be held on Friday, September 19, and Saturday, 19, 2020.

According to the registrar, students will have to observe the ceremony on Tek TV, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and the school’s website.

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However, some 2020 graduands have taken to social media to vent their disappointment in the decision taken by management.

According to them (graduands) the school has the capacity to hold a physical ceremony despite the restriction on the assembly of people.

Also, concerns have been raised about the Ghc 250.00 fee charged for a virtual ceremony compared to last year’s 53rd Congregation of which graduands were made to pay Ghc 300.00 for a physical ceremony.

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They reckon that Ghc 250. 00 is not justifiable by management considering the nature of the graduation and the economic bubble the pandemic has greeted the nation.

However, according to the registrar, the said fee is to make-up for graduation publications, medals, certificate holders, university souvenirs, and administrative costs.

Some of the final year students took to twitter to oppose the virtual graduation ceremony while others opted for a reduction in charges.

https://twitter.com/PappyBaggio100/status/1298950592715468802
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This comes on back of UPSA management decision to recede early communication to hold an in-person graduation ceremony for first-class graduands while other classes join via zoom. Following concerns channeled to management, UPSA will have a ‘physical’ 12th Congregation ceremony for all graduands.

Details of UMAT 12th Congregation

Meanwhile, University of Mines and Technology, UMAT is the latest institutiton to join the congregation brouhaha. First-class graduands areexpected to pay Ghc 120.00 for a physical ceremony and Ghc 60.00 for non-first class graduands who will be joining via zoom.

Source: Hypercitigh.com | knust

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