Over 1,000 students are expected to receive their Degrees and Diplomas during the 26th Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) graduation will this Saturday.
The graduation will also mark the university’s 30th anniversary since it was established in 1989.
According to the MUST Academic Registrar, Martha Kyoshaba Twinamatsiko, the University held its first graduation ceremony in 1995 with only 29 graduands.
“We are celebrating 30 years of existence however in 30 years we are celebrating the 26th graduation ceremony on October, 26th 2019 at 8:30am,” Twinamatsiko told reporters at a news conference on Tuesday.
Since the inaugural graduation in 1995, MUST has churned out a total of 14,000 graduates in various disciplines.
This year, a total of 1,032 students have been confirmed to graduate in different programmes. Of these, 608 are males while 424 are females.
“This is exciting for us because as MUST is celebrating 30 years of existence. We are happy to have successfully reached this far,” Twinamatsiko explained.
The MUST Deputy vice chancellor in charge of academics, Prof Nickson Kamukama confirmed that an arts student who had registered for a Ph.D. in Psychiatry is not going to graduate.
He claims that Edith Wakida was unable to establish an external examiner to examine her work.
“In the case of Wakida, she submitted her work in June but because of challenges of identifying examiners, we could not examine her. Otherwise the student should have graduated with the rest and it happens in academic institutions you can even be delayed for four years,” he said.
On the side of security, the DPC Mbarara CPS SP Gad Murungi said the Police is ready to safeguard the life and property of grandaunts, visitors, parents and staff during the graduation ceremony come Saturday.
“We cannot take the security of such a huge population for granted. We are also going to pay much attention to access control given the fact that this is a big crowd and it can be exposed to terror threats,” he said.
“So, whoever will be accessing the graduation grounds will go through a security check so that we avoid bad elements penetrating” Murungi explained