Cavendish University Uganda Holds First Ever Virtual Graduation Ceremony in Region


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Cavendish University Ugandaheld its 9th graduaton ceremony on Friday 28 May at Speke Resort and Conference Centre Munyonyo.

The event which was the first virtual graduaton to be held by the university, due to the Covid-19
pandemic, was presided over by the University Chancellor and former President of the United
Republic of Tanzania, H.E Benjamin William Mkapa who explained that the event was conducted virtually because, “we wanted to balance the need for promotng students’ employability with the need to prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus.”

In line with the theme of the graduaton event, ‘Research and Innovaton as Tools to achieve Growth and Development, H.E. Mkapa urged students to build on the exposure to the vast demography of people from diferent countries, cultures, ethnicites, languages and learning environments and to create powerful and helpful networks that will open doors of opportunites for them in diferent geographical and politcal setngs.

“Make use of the generic skills in Informaton Technology and digital literacy to maintain and reinforce your contacts, and to exchange constructve informaton among yourselves,” he added.

Among the virtual guests were H.E. Hon. Wyclife Oparanya, Governor of Kakamega County and Chairman Council of Governors of the Republic of Kenya who addressed the graduands via video-conference and pledged the collaboraton of all Counties of Kenya whose Governors he represented.

He thanked the university for continuing to engage students and staf online duringCovid-19.

The Chief Guest, the Rt Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Uganda congratulated Cavendish University Uganda for setng itself apart as a university that is preparing students for the future through its educational online platorm and for its ability to conduct a successful virtual graduaton.

Kadaga thanked the university for supportng the Ugandan economy by atracting students from several African countries and implored graduands to, “celebrate this achievement in a manner that is consistent with scientfc requirements of Covid-19,” adding that they should always seek to add value by finding solutions to the challenges faced in the communites, countries and institutions where they will be employed.

The Vice Chancellor of Cavendish University Uganda, Prof John Francis Mugisha remarked that the university decided to migrate all contact students to its learning platorm that was already serving the Distance Learning students, adding that, the university seamlessly switched to online study following
prescribed regulatory guidelines and maintained all operatonal and administratve actvites including holding virtual meetngs in line with the university academic and operatons calendar.

“We have not missed any major academic or operatonal actvity. We will not miss the graduaton”, he added.

A total of Eight hundred nine (809) students who fulflled the requirements were awarded Bachelors and Masters Degrees, Diplomas and Certfcates “scientfcally and virtually” in an event that started with a key note speech from the former Commissioner General of Uganda Revenue Authority, Ms Doris Akol who informed the graduands that they each had an assignment to fulfil, a vision, which
they need to defne for themselves, smart goals to achieve that vision, and to not be afraid of
challenges.they should always seek to add value by fnding solutons to the challenges faced in the communites, countries and institutions where they will be employed.

The Vice Chancellor of Cavendish University Uganda, Prof John Francis Mugisha remarked that the university decided to migrate all contact students to its learning platorm that was already serving the Distance Learning students, adding that, the university seamlessly switched to online study following
prescribed regulatory guidelines and maintained all operatonal and administratve activites including holding virtual meetngs in line with the university academic and operatons calendar.

“We have not missed any major academic or operatonal actvity. We will not miss the graduaton”, he added.

A total of Eight hundred nine (809) students who fulflled the requirements were awarded Bachelors and Masters Degrees, Diplomas and Certfcates “scientfcally and virtually” in an event that started with a key note speech from the former Commissioner General of Uganda Revenue Authority, Ms Doris Akol who informed the graduands that they each had an assignment to fulfl, a vision, which
they need to defne for themselves, smart goals to achieve that vision, and to not be afraid of
challenges.

“Your setback is your setup for your comeback,” she added.

The Chairman of the University Council, Prof Olubayi Olubayi, concluded to students that, “if your educaton is to mean anything, you must use online resources to continually educate yourself on how best to become a researcher and an innovator,” Prof Olubayi implored students to make money and get rich not from corruptin, but from deploying research and innovation in solving their problems.

 

The event which was also attended by Mr. Ibrahim Kagolola, the Deputy Resident City Commissioner Makindye Division saw a number of students picking up various special achievement awards led by Akua Stuart Timothy who graduated with a Bachelor of Public Health and emerged as the overall best
performing student with a CGPA score of 4.95.

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