Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Media, Arts, and Communication (UniMAC), has advised the school’s 2024 graduates to be the source of the news, not the news itself and advocates for change in their communities.

Speaking at the university’s second graduation ceremony, Prof Eric Opoku Mensah emphasised the importance of distinguishing oneself in the rapidly evolving media landscape.

He urged graduates to aspire to be creators and innovators, rather than just being passive recipients of news.

“As you embark on the next chapter of your life, remember that your education at UniMAC has equipped you not only with technical skills but also values of integrity empathy and social responsibility,” he said.

“Use your voice, your talents and your skills to advocate for positive change to amplify diverse verses and to foster dialogue and understanding. My dear graduands, I urge you all to become the source of the news and not the news itself,” Prof Mensah.

With a significant 70 per cent of the graduating class being female, the ceremony marked a notable milestone.

The ceremony, marked by enthusiasm and optimism, underscored UniMAC’s commitment to fostering a new generation of media leaders equipped to navigate and shape the future of the industry.

Also at the event was the Executive Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS), Osei Assibey Antwi, speaking on behalf of the Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum.

He echoed the sentiments of the Vice-Chancellor emphasising the need for graduates to embrace affirmative action and strive for excellence in education.

Kofi Okyere Darko, a graduate and emerging media personality, shared his insights and aspirations, highlighting the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for the new cohort of media professionals.