Degree: Master of Arts in Theology
Graduation Date: December 2015
Hometown: Osu-Cantonments, Accra, Ghana
There are many reasons why a student would want to pursue a graduate degree at Georgian Court.
For software engineer Paul Nii-Ankamah Addo II ’15, it was his desire to know more about the Lord and the Catholic Church that drove him to pursue a Master of Arts in Theology degree at the university.
“I certainly enjoyed my studies at GCU, especially the knowledge I have acquired about my Catholic faith. I chose GCU because of a combination of the cost of attendance, the theology curriculum, and the professors, who are all experts in their subject areas. Luckily, I received a scholarship that made attending GCU even more attractive.”
As Paul found himself becoming more deeply involved in the various ministries of his parish, he began asking more questions and seeking a deeper understanding of specific instances in the Bible that could have been historically or textually inconsistent.
“As a Christian, this was uncomfortable, as it has the appearance of questioning one’s faith,” says Paul. “Through my graduate studies, I became more aware that such scholarly inquiries and research act as catalysts for the advancement of our knowledge.”
Throughout his graduate career, Paul found the environment GCU provided to be conducive to learning more about the Catholic faith.
“What I enjoyed most about GCU was the lively—and sometimes heated—class discussions,” Paul adds. “Even when disagreeing with one other, the students respected each other’s opinion or point of view.”
During his time in the program Paul, who attributes the positive learning environment at GCU to the university professors, continued to become more involved in his parish by becoming a member of the adult choir, a lector, and a member of the Pastoral Counsel.
He also attended the World Meeting of Families with fellow GCU students last year in Philadelphia, and had the opportunity to hear Pope Francis speak.
After graduation, Paul, who has been asked to speak on behalf of his fellow graduate students at the Graduate Commencement Ceremony, plans to continue his education and pursue further studies in theology.
Story contributed by Alexandria J. Graziosi ’15, who graduated in December with a B.A. in English