Kyambogo University will today, and for the next two days, award diplomas, bachelor’s, master’s, and PhDs to at least 10,926 students at its 19th graduation ceremony. Of the successful students, 6,118 are male and 4,808 are female.
The graduation kicks off today (Wednesday) with the students from the faculty of Special Needs and Rehabilitation and the school of Management and Entrepreneurship. On Thursday, the university will see off students from the faculties of Agriculture, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and schools of Vocational Studies and Art and Industrial Design.
The ceremonies will climax on Friday with faculties of Science, Engineering, and schools of Built Environment, Education, and Computing and Information Science. Of the 10,926 graduands, 483 will graduate with first class while eight (three female and five male) will receive Doctor of Philosophy (PhDs).
The PhD graduands are; Mary Anyango, Jane Frida Bwiruka, Emmanuel Humphery Gusango, Moses Kanaabi, Joshua Kimata Kato, and Henry Stanley Okia – all from the school of Education. Joseph Katswera and Florence Nassimbwa are from the faculty of Science.
While addressing the media on Monday, Kyambogo University vice chancellor, Prof Eli Katunguka, was pleased with the growing number of PhD students at the university.
“This is the way to go because every university must produce its manpower to succeed. There was a time when Kyambogo was running about 67 diplomas but all these have been revised because we are now emphasizing more post-graduate training, master’s, and PhDs,” Katunguka said.
He urged the graduands to desist from being accompanied by more than two people as they won’t be cleared by the security.
“The cards admit only two people. Last year, we had a situation where students brought up to 10 people. This forced more parents to stand outside the graduation tents under the scorching sun. They embarrassed us a lot yet we had only prepared for two parents for each graduand,” he said.
With this rainy season, he said, it would be more embarrassing for parents to stand outside. The university has not prepared addendum lists for students while transcripts will be picked after graduation of all students. It’s here that Katunguka encouraged parents to be keen on the graduation booklets that have been issued to them by their children.
“We have had several occasions where parents complain that their children appear in booklets that were not printed by the university. All university booklets have security features and any alterations can be traced,” he said.
The regional police commander for KMP East, SSP Joab Wabwire, urged parents, graduands and university staff to heed traffic routes that have been dispatched at various locations.
The Eastern gate, popularly known as Banda gate, has been reserved for only VVIPs and service providers for the next three days while university staff and other guests will use the Western and Northern gates.