Makerere University has successfully concluded its 73rd graduation ceremony, which took place at Freedom Square from February 13th to 17th, 2023.
Over 13,000 students graduated from various disciplines, including health sciences, law, natural sciences, business management, humanities, and social sciences.
The graduation ceremony attracted prominent personalities, including the Minister of Education, Games and Sports, Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni, who attended virtually, and the Vice Chancellor of the University of London, Prof. Wendy Thomson, who attended physically.
The graduation ceremony was a culmination of the academic journey of 13,221 graduands, of whom 6,809 (52%) were female and 6,412 (48%) were male.
The graduands received various academic honors, including 102 Ph.D. students, 1,378 Master’s students, 108 postgraduate diplomas, and 35 undergraduate diplomas.
The Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma, who presided over the ceremony, congratulated the graduands and commended the Ph.D. research undertaken by the awardees.
The graduation ceremony was marked by strict adherence to safety protocols as students and parents were prohibited from carrying their cell phones to the ceremony.
Other items banned included weapons, chemicals, alcohol, cigarettes, canned foods and drinks, bottled drinks, back bags, lighters, glasses, and knives. These measures were put in place to ensure the safety of everyone present.
The graduation ceremony was spread out over five days, with each day allocated to a specific college.
The first day was allocated to the College of Health Sciences (CHS), College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS), and School of Law (SoL).
The second day was allocated to the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and the College of Education and External Studies (CEES).
The third day was allocated to the College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS), College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), and College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources, and Bio-security (CoVAB).
The fourth day was allocated to the Makerere University Business School (MUBS), and the last day was allocated to the College of Engineering, Design, Art, and Technology (CEDAT) and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS).
The graduation ceremony was a milestone for the graduands, who had put in a lot of hard work to achieve their academic goals. The ceremony was also a testament to the resilience of the university community, which had to navigate various challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The successful conclusion of the graduation ceremony is a significant achievement for Makerere University, which continues to play a leading role in providing quality education and research in Africa.