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May 21, 2015

Lordina Mahama Honoured With Doctorate Degree


Ghana's First Lady, Nana Lordina Dramani Mahama was on Saturday, May 16, 2015 honoured by Fordham University, one of United States of America’s prestigious educational institutions.

The University conferred an honorary Doctor of Letters on Her Excellency Nana Lordina Dramani Mahama in recognition of her prominent efforts to aid the most vulnerable citizens and help women and girls advance in the Ghanaian society.

A citation presented to Nana Lordina Dramani Mahama said, " For her many efforts to help the disadvantaged and create opportunities for women and girls, we, the President and Trustees of Fordham University, in solemn convocation assembled and in accord with the chartered authority bestowed on us by the Regents of the University of the State of New York, declare Nana Lordina Dramani Mahama Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa. That she may enjoy all rights and privileges of this, our highest honour, we have issued these letters patent under our hand and the corporate seal of the University on this, the 16th day of May in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Fifteen".

President of Fordham University, Rev. Fr. Joseph Mcshane, conferred the degree on Mrs Mahama at the 170th Commencement of the institution at Fordham, New York.

A total of 4800 others were presented with degrees at the ceremony, which attracted a record gathering, including chiefs, Ghana's Ambassador o the United States, General Joseph Henry Smith and Former Senator Chuck Schumer.

Giving the keynote address, Dr. Nana Lordina Dramani Mahama, who is also President of the Lordina Foundation dedicated her award to the hardworking women and the children of Ghana.

She said the recognition will motivate her and her organization to go out and do more in the society.

"As we disperse from here, we must define the relationship we want to have with our communities and our people”. "Many of us will find the definition of ourselves in the careers we choose as scientists, social workers, religious leaders, etc", the First Lady stated.

To this end, she charged the graduating class to make efforts to lend a hand to others, especially those who are less privileged than them.

Fordham University was founded in 1841 by Archbishop John Hughes as a Jesuit Catholic University.