The University of Rwanda held its 5th Graduation ceremony which saw 7,050 graduands conferred with various degrees that are offered in different UR colleges. The ceremony took place in Huye Stadium and was presided over by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda.
In his keynote speech, Rt Hon Dr Edourd Ngirente noted that the Government of Rwanda is committed to always support UR to excel in teaching and improving research programs to make the University of Rwanda a research-led-university. According to him, the government enables UR to play a key role for the development of the country through advancing knowledge and skills needed for the country’s labour market.
Keynote speech by Rt Hon Prime Minister
“The Government has decided to review education policies to ensure that students are given skills directly linked to the labour market” Ngirente said. He added that this will contribute to finding solutions to local, national, regional and global development challenge.
In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor Prof Philipp Cotton asked graduates to use their skills, knowledge and service to the people with honesty, fairness and humility.
Prof Cotton during his address to the congregation
“Humility means that you will never ever consider yourself better than those you serve” said Cotton while calling them to work as hard as they can and reach out to as many people as they can.
Speaking on behalf of graduates Frank Mugabo expressed his gratitude to all the actors who contributed for the achieved milestone. Mugabo who also served as the President of Student Guild Council stated that UR is a vivid example of implementation of Rwanda vision 2020 especially in the pillars related to human resource development and knowledge based economy. On behalf of graduates, he promised to use the knowledge, skills, values acquired from the University for the betterment of the society.
Mugabo who spoke on behalf of graduates
All the Degrees and Diploma were awarded and conferred upon by the University Chairperson of the Board of Governors, Prof Paul Davenport on behalf of the Chancellor Ms Patricia Campbell. He asked graduates to take a pride in their accomplishment and keep in touch with the university as they advance in their chosen career.
Prof Davenport, Chairperson of UR Board of Governors
“Remember that wherever you go you carry the good name of the University of Rwanda” Davenport told graduates.
In the course of the event 429 graduates were awarded Masters’ degrees while 593 were awarded Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates. A total of 4,994 graduated with Bachelor’s degrees while 589 graduated with Advanced Diploma and 955 with Diploma. Only 2 students were awarded ordinary degrees. On the same occasion, 1 student graduated with PhD.