The Ambassador of Netherlands in Uganda Henk Jan Bakker has urged graduates to utilize the skills they have attained while at university to compete in the job market.
He said this on Friday during the 15th graduation ceremony of Bishop Stuart University in Mbarara, held at Riverside Sports Complex in Mbarara.
A total of 1,604 students were conferred upon Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates by the University Chancellor, Bishop Rev. Dr. Fred Sheldon Mwesigwa of the Diocese of Ankole.
Of the total graduates, 828 (52%) males and 776 were females, representing 48%.
The graduates include 38 who were awarded Masters graduates, 35 with Post Graduate Diplomas, 1,058 with Bachelors Degrees, 4,050 with Diplomas while 23 received certificates.
The Dutch Ambassador who spoke at the evebt encouraged the graduates to put the skills acquired to use if they are to excel in life.
“I commend you for a successful struggle and I encourage you to use the skills and knowledge you have acquired from this University to develop yourselves and excel in life,” he said.
The Ambassador also thanked the University Management for fulfilling its mission, vision and philosophy in the implementation of its mandate and creating employment to Ugandans.
“Thank you for being creative and innovative, which paves the way for exploring other sources of employment,” said the Ambassador.
The Bishop of Ankole, Rev. Dr. Fred Sheldon Mwesigwa encouraged graduands to be creative and innovative in order to explore other sources of employment.
“You are going out to the world which expects a lot from you. We have trained you to be critical thinkers and not mere job seekers. Go out there and create the jobs the country is yearning for,” the Chancellor told the graduands.
“I urge you to be innovative and young entrepreneurs who will always seize the opportunities that will always come your way. Be good leaders who create new opportunities for tomorrow and always; know the way, show the way and go the way of Jesus Christ.” Mwesigwa explained
The Vice Chancellor of Bishop Stuart University, Prof. Maud Kamatenesi urged graduands to avoid pursuing worthless ambitions as well as to keep away from tendencies of corruption.
“As you struggle to find your place in society, you might stumble and fall, but always have the courage to stand up and try with dignity,” Kamatenesi said.