By Abraham Kizza
The 68th Makerere University graduation event has started today (Tuesday) amid heightened security following threats by some students to disrupt the function.
The four-day event is being held at Makerere University Freedom Square and is presided over by the Chancellor Prof. Ezra Suruma. Over 13,000 students are set to graduate.
Graduands from Colleges of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Education and External Studies (CEES) and Natural Sciences (CoNAS) who are in the first batch together with their parents and guardians have thronged the venue for their memorable day.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe has promised to improve the welfare and security of students which he says that the university is working with owners of private student hostels to uplift security and living conditions of students. He said that this was done through establishing of a forum that brings together those owners of private student hostels.
Prof. Nawangwe congratulated graduands and their parents/sponsors and encouraged them always to put God first in their lives.
“I congratulate all the graduands and their parents/sponsors. You are the top brains of our country and a lot is expected of you. Put God first and always hold yourself in esteem and you shall surely succeed. Congratulations!” he said in a tweet.
He also congratulated those being conferred upon their PhDs.
“I congratulate all those being conferred upon their PhDs of Makerere University,” said Nawangwe.
The Vice Chancellor also used the occasion to commend the work that was done by former Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Ddumba Ssentamu, for his dedicated service to the University over the last five years.
“I take this opportunity to thank the former Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Ddumba Ssentamu, for his dedicated service to the University over the last five years and wish him well in his future career endeavors,” Nawangwe added.
Mandela Widow Honoured
The event will also see Nelson Mandela’s widow Winnie Madikizela receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws for her role in the fight against apartheid in South Africa.
Police have promised security at the university during the four-day event.
According to Police Spokesperson Emilian Kayima, the Kampala Metropolitan Police are fully prepared to provide maximum security to ensure the event is successful.
“The Commander Kampala Metropolitan Police and his team are fully prepared to provide security to the graduation ceremony at Makerere University,” Emilian Kayima said while addressing the media at Central Police Station, Kampala on Monday.
“Our Traffic officers are also working hard to maintain good traffic flow around the University,” he added.
Kayima also warned those with intentions of disrupting the event that Police will apprehend and deal with them accordingly. Some students whose names don’t appear on the graduation list had threatened to cause chaos and stifle the ceremony.
“For those who may want to spoil the event, please, keep home, parents have suffered a lot in mobilizing tuition for those students, leave them to enjoy their day, those who will do it will be apprehended,” he said.
According to the graduation program from the University, students from different colleges will be graduating on different days as indicated below;
TUESDAY, 16TH JANUARY, 2018
• College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES)
• College of Education and External Studies (CEES)
• College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS)
WEDNESDAY, 17TH JANUARY, 2018
• College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS)
• College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS)
• College of Health Sciences (CHS)
• College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio-security (CoVAB)
THURSDAY, 18TH JANUARY, 2018
• Makerere University Business School (MUBS)
FRIDAY, 19TH JANUARY, 2018
• College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT)
• College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS)
• School of Law (LAW)