In the 70th graduation ceremony of Makerere University, today Friday 17th January 2020, the Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma conferred degrees and awarded diplomas to graduands from the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) and the School of Law (LAW).
The Vice Chancellor in his remarks today noted that the College has continued to partner with other Science-based universities across Africa in order to address key challenges affecting society. He also stated that through the Problem Based Learning Approach, CEDAT students participated in different competitions and won international awards aimed at spurring innovation within a circular economy that upholds sustainable use of the world resources. These included the team of five students code named Team Wet Technik, that participated in the Wege Prize and presented their innovation, a system to address Uganda’s water shortage and wastewater treatment issues by way of upcycling grey water using a mix of constructed wetlands and another team of five code named VEPOX, who participated in the Climate Launchpad Global Competition held in the Netherlands in November 2019 and presented their innovation that addresses water quality in rural areas.
The Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma on the other hand gave the graduands words of wisdom to ponder upon as they leave the University. He cautioned them about the challenges they will face in the future. “These challenges will require character, courage and sacrifice.”… “I hope you will find something to believe in, to stand for, to sacrifice for.” He then made an appeal to the graduands and to all Ugandans to take a stand for what is right and to be a candle in the darkness.
He then asked the School of performing arts to lead the congregation in the song “Go Light Your World” by Chris Rice, to which many of the graduands were unable to hide the strong emotions brought on by the melody and stood up and sang along with arms raised high.
By the close of the graduation ceremony, a total of 793 students received degrees and diplomas from various programmes at the College. Of these were 3 PhDs, 62 Masters degrees and 22 Post graduate diplomas. The 3 PhD graduands were Dr. Bakyayita Grace Kizito (PhD in Environmental Engineering), Dr. Kekimuli Joan (PhD in Art History) and Dr. Menya Emmanuel (PhD in Mechanical Engineering).
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