BY DOREEN KAJERU
Mbale University College has held its first graduation ceremony.
The function, held on November 18, was the fourth part of the 17th graduation of Uganda Christian University (UCU).
The campus was elevated to constituent college status last February. The university constitution allows a constituent college to hold graduation ceremonies.
The graduation was held at the campus’ premises, presided over by the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda and Chancellor of Uganda Christian University, the Most Rev Stanley Ntagali.
The Archbishop congratulated the graduates upon completing thier studies and affirmed that the degree obtained from the college is the same as that of the Main Campus in Mukono. “The degree is the same and the only difference is that the cost is lower than that at the Main Campus,” he said.
Ntagali advised the graduates on discernment, cautioning that they should be knowledgeable enough to choose between what is right and what is wrong.
The Vice Chancellor, Dr John Senyonyi, commended the graduates’ effort invested in pursuing excellence.
He advised the graduates to look out for Christian mentors that would guide them through the life they are headed for after university.
“Uphold the values instilled in you during your stay at the university. Do not get comfortable with the knowledge you have attained. Leave room for learning and have the desire to learn because when you stop learning, then you are unusable,” he said.
The guest of honour, the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Mrs Janet Museveni, represented by state minister for sports Charles Bakabulindi, hailed UCU for the values of discipline and hard work inculcated in the lives of the students while at the university.
“I have never heard Uganda Christian University being closed because of striking students and I trust in the administration that it will never close,” Museveni said. However, she advised the administration to focus on business incubation skills through proper training of students in the technology courses to match the available job opportunities in the country.
The College Principal, Dr Stephen Mungoma, congratulated the graduates upon their success. He cautioned them to have positive thoughts as ambassadors for Christ and for Uganda Christian University. “You join that class of people referred to as the alumni. Be active members and give back to the university. Treasure the positive experiences you have had here and learn from the bad ones,” he said.
The graduates were blessed and dedicated to God in the commissioning service that was held before the graduation ceremony.
A total of 406 students graduated from various disciplines. There were 213 females and 193 males; and ten of them had first class degrees. Among these, Sheila Apiny from the Bachelor of Social Work and Social Administration emerged on top with a GPA of 4.74. The graduates were from postgraduate, undergraduate and diploma programmes which included: Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Social Administration, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts with Education, among others.