BY DOREEN KAJERU
Bishop Barham University College (BBUC) on October 14, held the second part of its 17th graduation ceremony at their campus in Kabale. While presiding over the ceremony, the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda and Chancellor of Uganda Christian University, the Most Rev Stanley Ntagali, cautioned the graduands to trust in the Lord at all times.
“Graduation is a time of celebration, but it is not the end. Rather, it is the beginning. So, be cautious as you venture out. Do not let the excitement of your youth make you forget your creator. A life without God can produce bitterness. Trust in God and be our good ambassadors in communities where you are going to work,” he said.
He called upon the church to embrace education at all levels saying that higher education in Uganda is the country’s hope for development.
“Education is the prerequisite for the development of our communities and the church too. Therefore, I thank the parents and guardians. However, I appeal to you to continue guiding and mentoring the students until they can defend themselves.”
The Vice Chancellor, Dr John Senyonyi, congratulated the graduates upon their success and encouraged them to look up to Christian role models who will continue to shape and foster in them the Christian values they have learned at the university.
“Do not fall into the pitfall of self-sufficiency. Leave room for learning in order to be excellent in all you do. Be trainable, have a desire to learn because when you stop learning, you become unusable,” he said.
He appreciated the parents for their trust and support, and the college principal and his team for the great work done to produce excellence among the graduates.
The guest of honour, Mr Shem Bageine, a former minister for East African Affairs, was represented by his daughter Patricia Ejalu Bageine. Ms Ejalu, the executive director Uganda National Bureau of Standards, commended the students for their effort. “It is paramount for development for all citizens to understand the importance of education,” she said.
Ejalu encouraged the graduates to take initiative in creating jobs rather than seeking them.
Dr Medard Rugyendo, the BBUC principal, congratulated the graduates upon the fruits of their labour.
“We ask that even as you go out you will continue to work with us and the alumni for the development of our country,” he said.
He urged the graduands always to persevere through the challenges they face. Prior to the graduation ceremony, the graduands were commissioned by the Right Reverend Nathan Ahimbisibwe, the bishop of South Ankole Diocese.
The ceremony saw off 543 graduands from various disciplines. Stuart Amanya, a Bachelor of Divinity graduate, emerged the best student, with a GPA of 4.78.
The graduands were from postgraduate, undergraduate and diploma programmes which included: Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Social Administration, Bachelor of Arts with Education, Diploma in Project Planning, and Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource.