The University of Liberia has conferred on Nana Addo an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree Honoris Causa in International Law at its 98th Commencement Exercise, on Wednesday (December 13, 2017).

The honorary degree was conferred on by the Board of Trustees of the University of Liberia, and upon the recommendation of the President of the University, Professor Ophelia Weeks.

It is “in recognition of your substantive contribution to strengthening the Rule of Law in Ghana, and also in recognition of your substantive contributions in Liberia’s peacebuilding process, coupled with your invaluable service to the Ghana State over the years, as a veritable patriot.”

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This is the second such honour President Akufo-Addo has received from an African University.

The first was an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree, in May 2016, from the celebrated Fort Hare University of South Africa.

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“I am lucky, as the first was received during my time as leader of Ghana’s opposition, and this in my period as President of Ghana” Nana Addo said, to a rousing applause from the gathering.

“And I must confess that I feel so proud to be part of such a seminal moment.  I feel very keenly the weight of history and the burden of the aspirations of the men and women who passed through these gates, especially in its early years. They had to believe in themselves and in the African race, when all around them said they counted for nothing,” he added.

“They had to believe in the capacity of the African to conduct his or her own affairs, and be a respected member of the global community, when all around them said they were not up to it. The University of Liberia, from its opening in 1863, to becoming a full-fledged University in 1951, told the young people, who came to study here, that they had the same capabilities as every other young person of every colour, language or race.”