The Makerere University 67th Graduation Ceremony has kicked off today 21st February 2017 with a total of two hundred sixty one (261) students graduating with first class degrees in their respective courses. Set to be presided over by the Chancellor Prof. Ezra Suruma, the four day ceremony will run from 21st to 24th February 2017.
A total of Six Hundred and Ninety Seven (697) students from College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technolog (CEDAT), Four Hundred and Fifteen (415) students from College of Natural Science (CoNAS), One Thousand, Three Hundred and Eighty Four (1,384) from College of Education and External Studie (CEES), and Six Hundred Sixty Three (663) students from College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) who successfully met the requirements graduated with degrees and diplomas of Makerere University. The first day of Makerere University 67th graduation ceremony was graced by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda.
Speaking to the overjoyed audience on the first day of 67th the graduation Ceremony, the Prime Minister congratulated all graduands upon reaching the important milestone in their respective lives. He equally congratulated the Parents, Guardians and Sponsors for a job well done in lighting the candle for their children to have a clear academic path in their career journey. “You have a bright future ahead of you and so choose to approach today and every day with great optimism,” he remarked.
Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda strongly advised students to take advantage of the Government Financed Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP) under the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development to develop and advance their careers. According to the Prime Minister, the Government of Uganda is committed to support the youth to build up income generating enterprises through various programmes, initiatives and innovations.
“The Government supports and appreciates initiatives by the youth. This is because we are much interested in developing, mentoring and enhancing the skills of the youth through innovation,” he said.
He thanked Makerere University for the invaluable role the Institution plays in training vital human resources for the region amidst several challenges and highly emphasized the need to embrace dialogue at all levels as a means of solving conflicts.
“I urge the University community to endeavor to be a prime example of peaceful dialogue and solutions as opposed to violence and industrial action. I appeal to you all to uphold personal and institutional integrity and to treat one another with respect, humility and dignity,” he said.
The Makerere University Chancellor Ezra Suruma congratulated the graduands upon reaching another milestone in their academic journey. He applauded students for the spirit of endurance, hard work, commitment, disciplines and self control that had enabled them to achieve their desired academic success.
“The degrees we are awarding you today testify to the hardships, the discipline, the commitment, the pain and the tears you have shed over the years and decades of academic struggle. Your graduation testifies to the world that in the face of all adversity, poverty, deprivation, doubt and danger, you possessed the determination to strive on, to rise after the fall and today you are counted among the survivors, the heroes of intellectual battles,” he said.
The Chancellor thanked Makerere University Management, staff and University community for the incredible guidance the institution has offered to students through the complexities of the academic life. He thanked the parents, relatives, religious leaders and friends for the social, emotional and financial support they have contentiously extended to their students during their struggle of success.
The Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu congratulated the graduands upon joining the prestigious list of hardworking men and women who are proud Makerere University alumni. In a special way, he also congratulated all Members of Staff who took up the initiative and upgraded their academic experience.
Through the Prime Minister, the Vice Chancellor expressed his sincere gratitude to the Government for the support it extends to Makerere University, especially through the parent Ministry of Education and Sports. Furthermore, he thanked the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni for her support and guidance to Makerere University which has fostered a strong working relationship with the University Leadership.
Speaking about Makerere University as a centre of excellence with a host research activities and innovations, the Vice Chancellor congratulated all staff and students whose brilliant innovations had excelled at local and international levels “thank you for keeping Makerere University visible. Because of your hard work, Makerere University, according to the Times Higher Education, is ranked number three (3) on the African Continent in terms of research output and publication.”
“Mr. Chancellor Sir, one cannot talk about a University without Professors. In academia, promotion to the rank of Professor is a testimony to knowledge generation and expertise in one’s chosen academic discipline. I am therefore pleased to report that since the last Graduation Ceremony, 8 Members of Staff have been promoted to the Rank of Professor while 19 have risen to the rank of Associate Professor. I congratulate you upon this great achievement, he said.
“I take this opportunity to thank His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, for his commitment to the salary enhancement of Professors up to the tune of UGX 15 million. I am positive that the number of Professors is going to increase when the salary reaches UGX 15 million, he added