Science, Technology and Innovation minister Dr Elioda Tumwesigye has commended the latest crop of graduands at Uganda Martyrs’ University for their efforts, but asked them to continue improving themselves.
“I urge you to acquire knowledge and skills based on education, good attitudes and values that will help you engage in innovative ways to solve challenges in society,” he said.
His call came during the 22nd graduation ceremony of the university last week, at which 587 graduands received degrees, diplomas and certificates in various disciplines.
However, 213 students did not graduate as their marks were missing. Dr Tumwesigye, who was the guest of honour, also commended the institution for winning the overall exhibitor at the last National Council for Higher Education exhibition at Lugogo.
He advised the graduates to be job creators and desist from immoral acts. In his remarks, the university vice chancellor, Fr Dr Chrysostom Maviiri, also advised the graduates to use the knowledge they acquired to start up creative sectors and remain relevant to both church and society.
“Learning is a process of life, continue to discover knowledge and use it effectively,” he said.
The university chancellor, Archbishop John Baptist Odama, thanked the parents for sacrificing and focusing on educating their children in order to brighten their future.
“Meditate upon Christian values and this will help you became true role models of the country,” he said.
The function saw parents and graduands celebrate each time a name was called out. However, there was a somber moment as Angella Christine Agwang received a posthumous Master of Arts in Human Resource Management degree; she had died while giving birth on March 8.