KAMPALA – Kampala International University (KIU) on Saturday, August 22, 2020, virtually graduated 2,253 graduands, out of which 38% (871) were females, 62% (1,382) were males.
The online graduation ceremony was the first of its kind in the 20-year history of the University. The event was also streamed live on facebook, selected television and radio stations, since no graduands and family members were expected at campus.
Following the success of the event, Mouhamad Mpezamihigo the KIU Vice Chancellor thanked the Almighty God for making the occasion possible.
“We thank the Almighty God for making it possible for this occasion to take place under unusual, challenging life and work circumstances created by the outbreak of the Covid-19 Pandemic,” said the Vice Chancellor.
Among the graduands, 43% (976) were science based, while 57% (1,277) were arts, humanities, business and law. There were also 167 postgraduates, including 4 PhDs.
“Among the bachelor holders, 27 distinguished themselves above their colleagues by obtaining First Class degrees. We congratulate them in a special way,” the Vicw Chancellor added.
On this note, he further congratulated all graduands upon reaching such an important milestone in their lives. He also hoped and prayed that the awards acquired by the graduands would have a meaningful impact on the individuals and be more valuable to the wider society.
With all that said, the Vice Chancellor also welcomed the newly installed KIU Chancellor, Prof Mahmood Mamdani, to his maiden graduation since installation.
“We look forward to a successful tenure under his Chancellorship. At the same time, I sincerely thank Prof John P. M. Ssebuwufu, the 2nd Chancellor who served his tenure diligently and with great success. We wish him all the best and good health in his retirement,” he said.
The Chairman Board of Trustees Al Haji Hasan Basajjabalaba, in his speech also congratulated the graduands and said that this is their moment to celebrate and to shine.
“You are graduating at a very interesting moment in the entire history of modernity. COVID-19 has changed everything and redefined life and work. No one is too sure anymore about anything. This uncertainty is your greatest opportunity,” he said.
Basajjabala the Chairman Board of Trustees concluded that the board of trustees will remain committed to developing KIU into a world-class university as they continue to explore the heights.