Kampala International University (KIU) held its 21st Graduation Ceremony at the Kampala Campus on16th November, 2019. 2962 students graduated from the university with Diplomas, Bachelors, Masters, PhDs and Postgraduate degrees.
The ceremony saw the Guest of Honor and Minister in charge of General Duties in the office of the Prime Minister Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut, the Chairperson Board of Trustees and founder of Kampala International University Hon. Al Hajji Hassan Basajjabalaba, University Council Members, local and central government leaders, the Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellors, principal officers, directors, principals and deans, invited guests, graduands and parents in attendance.
41% of the graduands were female, while 59% were male. 38% of the students graduated with science based awards while 62% graduated with arts based awards.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs Prof. George William Nasinyama presented the special awards in recognition of the 38 students that scored first class degrees.
“Only 16% of the students have been unable to graduate due to financial constraints, “he said.
He further beckoned to sponsors to come forward and aid in these students’ completion in their pursuit of education and also urged the graduands to jealously guard what they have earned.
The Chairperson University Council, Prof. Fred Mangeni Wabwire, in his speech, commended KIU for maintaining its stature by having world class infrastructure and quality ranking human resource. He also urged the students to pursue further education at KIU.
Hon Al Hajji Hassan Basajjabalaba, recognised other higher institutions of learning like Kyambogo University for offering their facilities for KIU’s engineering students to access. He also thanked the Government of Nigeria for providing over 30 PhD staff in service to the university.
The Vice Chancellor Dr. Mouhamad Mpezamihigo, on behalf of the Chancellor, commended KIU for its achievement in graduating wholesome students in contribution to society.
“KIU has become a center of knowledge creation and other universities should benchmark their curriculum with that of this institution, “ he said.
The Chief Guest, Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut thanked Chairman Al Hajji Nasser Basajjabalaba for investing in hardwork to produce graduands from KIU every year.
“The government congratulates KIU for launching a program in field of Health Sciences, and for launching the state of the art School of Science & Technology,” said Hon. Okurut.
She further urged the university to concentrate on the achievement of PhD holders from the university, and advised the graduands to overcome new challenges everyday to achieve success and commit themselves to life long learning.