On June 17, 2023, a remarkable event unfolded at Kampala International University. Over 2500 students, donned colorful caps and gowns and celebrated their graduation in a dazzling ceremony.
This marked the 27th graduation of the university and showcased the students’ hard work and accomplishments. With great pride, they walked across the stage, accepting their well-deserved credentials. The atmosphere was filled with excitement, as these graduates embraced their future, armed with knowledge and determination to make their mark on the world.
The chairperson of the council, Kampala International University (KIU), Dr. Prof. Mauda Kamatenesi, extended deep gratitude and a warm welcome to the esteemed guests, including the proud graduates, their families, and supporters. The newly appointed Council Chairperson also expressed heartfelt congratulations to the graduates, highlighting their dedication and commitment to academic excellence.
Emphasizing the transformative power of education, the chairperson encouraged the graduates to embrace the future with resilience, optimism, and a determination to make a positive impact in their chosen fields. The achievements of KIU were acknowledged, particularly its contributions to healthcare and the extended network of support for vulnerable students.
The council expressed its commitment to maintaining the university’s reputation and fostering partnerships for growth and internationalization. In closing, the council extended its sincere congratulations and best wishes to the graduating class, urging them to embark on their journeys with confidence and a sense of purpose, illuminated by the values instilled during their time at KIU.
In his address, the Vice Chancellor expressed gratitude for the presence of the Chief Guest and everyone in attendance at the 27th graduation ceremony of Kampala International University. He acknowledged the achievements of the students, staff, guardians, and sponsors, while also remembering those who have passed away. The Vice-Chancellor welcomed the newly appointed Chancellor and Chairperson of the University Council, expressing appreciation for their contributions and wishing them success in their roles.
He highlighted the university’s advancements in research, innovation, and entrepreneurship, as well as its commitment to academic program development and the employability of graduates. The Vice-Chancellor congratulated the graduating class, sharing statistics on the number of graduates and the distribution among disciplines and campuses. He emphasized the importance of protecting and utilizing the knowledge gained, while also promoting generosity and forgiveness.
The Vice-Chancellor expressed gratitude to various university organs, partners, and the government for their support. He concluded by appreciating the efforts of the university’s staff and stakeholders and expressing his commitment to continuing leadership in taking KIU to greater heights.
In his address, the representative of the Board of Trustees acknowledged the achievements of Kampala International University and emphasized the importance of its impact on individuals and communities. They expressed gratitude to the outgoing Chancellor and Chairman of the University Council for their dedicated service and welcomed the new Chancellor and Chairperson.
The representative highlighted the Board’s efforts in resource mobilization, infrastructure development, and staff development programs. They thanked the stakeholders and government for their support and expressed the Board’s commitment to positioning KIU as a leading institution in higher education. The representative concluded by expressing gratitude to God and reaffirming KIU’s dedication to Africa’s transformation through quality education.
The representative expressed humility and gratitude for being present at Kampala International University as the Chief Guest, standing in for the Vice President, who couldn’t attend due to official duties. They congratulated the university on its transformation and recognized the investments made in infrastructure and human resources. The representative applauded the university’s ranking and its contribution to human capital development in Uganda and neighboring countries.
They addressed recent concerns regarding medical intern placements and the expiration of academic programs, assuring graduates and students that solutions are being sought. The representative appreciated the outgoing Chancellor and University Council Chairperson, welcoming the new appointees. They commended the Vice Chancellor and his team for their dedication and encouraged the university to seize opportunities for innovation and collaboration.
The representative acknowledged the challenges faced by the graduating students and urged them to consider their achievements as a starting point for further advancement. Lastly, they highlighted the potential of young people in driving inventions and innovations. The representative concluded by congratulating the graduates and expressing well wishes for their future endeavors.
The atmosphere was filled with excitement and anticipation as the graduates, adorned in their academic regalia, prepared to celebrate the culmination of their hard work and dedication. With beaming smiles and a sense of accomplishment, they eagerly awaited the moment when they would receive their well-deserved credentials.
As the ceremony reached its climax, one by one, the graduates were called to the stage to receive their degrees, diplomas, and certificates. The audience erupted in applause and cheers, showing their support and admiration for the achievements of these exceptional individuals.
With pride in their eyes and joy in their hearts, the graduates held their credentials high, symbolising the years of sacrifice, perseverance, and determination that led them to this significant milestone. They were now officially recognized for their expertise and knowledge in their respective fields.
But the celebration didn’t stop there. As a final rite of passage, the graduates took their oath, vowing to uphold the values of their professions and serve society with integrity and compassion. It was a solemn moment, as they embraced their roles as future leaders, innovators, and contributors to their communities.
Amidst the applause and the sense of camaraderie that filled the air, the graduates took a collective breath, realising that this was not just an ending but a beginning. They were now ready to embark on their individual journeys, armed with the education, skills, and experiences gained during their time at Kampala International University.
With a renewed sense of purpose and a deep sense of gratitude, the graduates turned their tassels and stepped into the world, carrying the torch of knowledge and the belief that they could make a difference. They were filled with hope and determination to leave their mark on society, to create positive change, and to shape a brighter future.
As the event drew to a close, the graduates, surrounded by their loved ones and mentors, reflected on the transformative power of education and the unwavering support they had received along their educational journey. They were grateful for the opportunities provided by Kampala International University and the doors it had opened for them.
With a final round of applause and heartfelt congratulations, the ceremony concluded, marking the beginning of a new chapter for the graduates and the continuation of the legacy of excellence and impact at Kampala International University. As they dispersed, the graduates carried with them the memories, friendships, and knowledge gained during their time at the university, ready to make their mark and explore the heights of their chosen paths.