Makerere 66th Graduation ceremony kicks off.
Prof. Bernard Bashaasha presenting Graduands for award of degrees and diplomas
- About 700 graduate from CAES
- CAES gets 23 first class degrees
- Four (4) members of staff graduate with Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
- Graduands urged to use online platform and acquired skills to create jobs: exhibit professionalism and dedication to contribute to the betterment of the human conditions.
Makerere University 66th Graduation ceremony kicked off on Tuesday 19th January 2016 at the University’s Freedom Square. The function was presided over by the newly appointed Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma. The graduation ceremony was scheduled for four days.
Graduands from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio-security (CoVAB), College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS) and the School of Law were awarded diplomas and degrees in various disciplines on first day of the graduation ceremony on Tuesday 19th January, 2016.
A section of CAES PhD Graduants
Wednesday 20th January 2016 was scheduled for the two colleges of Education and External Studies (CEES) and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS), The College of Health Science (CHS) and Makerere University Business School (MUBS) were lined up for Thursday, 21st January 2016 while the College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) and the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) were slated for Friday, 22nd January 2016.
This year alone, a total of 14,318 graduands will be awarded degrees and diplomas at the four-days graduation ceremony. About 700 students from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences were awarded diplomas and degrees in various disciplines .
The Principal CAES, Prof. Bernard Bashaasha presented 12 Graduands for the award of the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in different disciplines. Among these were four members of staff, Byakagaba Patrick and Muhwezi Deus Kamunyu from the Department of Forestry, Biodiversity and Tourism. Others are Alice Turinawe from the Department of Agribusiness and Natural Resource Economics and Nuwamnaya Ephraim from the Department of Agricultural Production.
Some of the PhD Graduands. From Left to Right: Patrick Byakagaba, Alice Turinawe & Deus Muhwezi
Prof. Bashaasha also presented 125 graduands for the award of the Degree of Masters in different disciplines. Lydia Kakoza, a staff working as a Laboratory technician in the Soils, Plants and Water Laboratory, School of Agricultural Sciences was also awarded a Degree of Masters.
A section of CAES Masters graduands. 2nd from Left is Lydia Kakoza a staff working as a Laboratory technician in the Soils, Plants and Water Laboratory, School of Agricultural Sciences
Deans from the three CAES schools presented a total of 560 candidates for the award of Degree of Bachelors in varying disciplines.
The University recorded 286 first class degrees. Of these 23 are from CAES alone.
Presiding over the ceremony, the Chancellor Makerere University Prof. Ezra Suruma expressed happiness over the students’ graduation.
“It gives me great joy to congratulate you upon your graduation today. You must now go out today into a bigger world that is filled with numerous trials as well as opportunities for great triumph. Your graduation means that you have used your time at Makerere University successfully to build a foundation on which much of your future success will depend”. The Chancellor said.
Newly appointed Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma presiding over the 66th Graduation
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“But a foundation is not the whole building. Your labor and creative imagination must continue to complete what you have been preparing for all the years that you have spent here. You have shown the toughness, resilience and perseverance required to complete a great course. Now go out and prove to the whole world that your degree is not just a piece of paper but the evidence of a creative and enduring spirit and an intellect dedicated to excellence and courage in service to your family and to all mankind.”.
The newly appointed Chancellor advised and went on to advise students that society was looking forward to them for better livelihoods:
“The quality and quantity of your convictions, commitment and creativity will largely define the value of your contribution. Your knowledge, your commitment and your convictions are the light to show the way for a new generation of Ugandans who yearn for a better life and a better country. Do not let them down. Do your part. Be the best and the brightest star wherever you find yourself in the length and breadth of this land.” Prof. Suruma said.
A section of the CAES Graduants seated in the tent at the Freedom square
The Chancellor also noted that contrary to the commonly held view, Uganda offers almost unlimited opportunity to contribute to the betterment of the human condition.
“If we embrace the spirit of the Uganda Martyrs and all the heroes and freedom fighters whose sacrifices laid the seeds of freedom, you too will help to create a nation whose present and future justice and prosperity will be greater than what it is today. Do not look to others to build a prosperous Uganda. It is your duty and your responsibility and your graduation today has thrust you into the relatively small class of the Ugandan elite that are destined to lead”. The Professor advised.
The Vice Chancellor Makerere University Professor John Ddumba-Ssentamu described the graduation ceremony as special for being the first graduation to be presided over by the new chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma. Prof. Ezra Suruma replaced Prof. Mondo Kagonyera.
“ I congratulate Prof. Mondo Kagonyera upon the successful completion of his two terms as the second non-head of state chancellor of Makerere University. We thank him for his tenure of service to Makerere University and we wish him well in his next assignments”.
The Vice Chancellor stated and informed the congregation that:
“The 66th graduation also comes on the heels of the excellent news of Makerere University’s improved ranking to third position on the continent according to a January 2016 report by Times Higher Education. I take this opportunity to commend the members of staff and students whose tireless efforts have seen us reach this position. Our dream to take the number one position on the continent is certainly fast approaching”. The Vice chancellor said.
The Vice Chancellor also thanked staff for the collaborations that the University has entered into or renewed in the year 2015 with partners in relation to supporting more research and exchange programmes for staff and students.
“I am glad to share that the African Development Bank funding has been released and construction of more lecture facilities is currently ongoing. This funding will also support distance and electronic learning and staff development, among others”, Prof. John Ddumba- Ssentamu reported.
The Vice Chancellor congratulated all graduating students, parents and Guardians upon reaching this coveted milestone in academic career.
Masters students jubilate as their names were being read
“The journey has certainly not been easy but you have persevered. I also thank your parents, guardians and sponsors for the sacrifices made in getting you this far. Our members of staff continue to search for new knowledge to broaden the scope passed on to students. Their dedication in preparing you for the world ahead cannot be underestimated. I sincerely thank them for the work well done”.
The Vice Chancellor reminded graduands of the scarcity of jobs and encouraged them to utilize the online platform and use acquired skills to create employment.
“You have heard and will continue to hear of the scarce job market. as you leave Makerere university, you add onto this scarcity. Whereas physical jobs are scarce, I encourage you to embrace online job opportunities through the business Process outsourcing models. You should have your profiles online for ease of reach by potential employers, but also use the acquired skills for humble start-ups of your own.”
The Vice Chancellor further encouraged graduands to join a coveted team of Makerere University alumni and to emulate them and make your marks wherever they go. He also encouraged graduands to always remember their alma mater –Makerere University and support it in its various endeavors including regaining the top spot as the number one university on the continent.
“Needless to say, the strength of regional and international collaborations that our country is part of, stand firm and will continue to do so through the support you will render. The future of this nation awaits your dedicated support and professional service. Makerere university is on record for availing the much needed human resource for the country, region and beyond. This is not about to stop” The Vice Chancellor pledged.
He congratulated students upon their graduation and wished them the very best in their journey after Makerere University.