Some 2,546 students are still smiling after they received their degrees, diplomas and certificates, last week. It was an occasion to celebrate as the vice chancellor, Prof Badru Ddungu Kateregga, announced that the institution had secured a charter from the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), enabling them to run postgraduate programmes.
Consequently, nearly 300 of the day’s graduands received postgraduate degrees and diplomas.
While the over 2,500 graduands were celebrating, 300 others who had been scheduled to graduate were unable to clear their dues in time and Prof Kateregga spared a thought for them in his speech.
“It was unfortunate that many of our would-be graduands chose not to go through the clearing process in time although they were given enough time,” he said.
Prof Kateregga added that the university had grown from a regional to global institution, accommodating students from across the continent, seeing 20 graduands obtain first-class degrees.
These included Said Kirya (the best male) and Christine Nassiwa who was the overall best student with a CGPA of 4.72, in Bsc with Education. The university had more male graduands; 1,509 (59.19 per cent) than females at 1,037 (40.81 per cent).
The head of the Anglican Church in Uganda, Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, was the chief guest and received an award for promoting social and moral unity.
The chancellor, Prof Edward Rugumayo, commended the graduands and tasked them to go and make their university proud by working with the utmost integrity.