Makerere University has kicked off with its 72nd graduation ceremony today, Monday 23rd May, at Freedom Square with a number of first-class holders.
The five-day ceremony will see about 12,000 students graduating in various courses and faculties.
The first day has had students from the College of Health Science, College of Natural Sciences, and School of Law.
President Museveni and the First Lady who also double as the Minister for Education who attended it virtually from State House in Entebbe, have graced the graduation ceremony.
Speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University, Professor Barnabas Nawangwe revealed that Makerere can compete with Harvard University.
“Makerere is now ranked 2nd in Africa in terms of research output and we rank highest globally as far as clinical research is concerned. I said that Makerere can compete with Harvard, but the truth is we are ranked higher in clinical research,” Prof. Nawangwe said.
He further extended his appreciation to Prof. William Bazeyo for his exemplary service as Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Finance and Administration.
“Thank you, Professor Bazeyo, for your diligent and dedicated service to Makerere and Uganda,” Prof. Nawangwe said before handing over a plaque.
“He played a big role in soliciting funding and debt reduction from Shs. 120b in 2017 to less than Shs.10bn currently.”
Nawangwe furthermore divulged that results of the 72nd Graduation Ceremony show a 1% drop in Male students and a 1% increase in female students compared to the 71st graduation.
Among the females who achieved highly was Dr. Olivia Nabawanda who celebrated her Ph.D. in Mathematics. At 31, she becomes the youngest person to have achieved the feat at Makerere University.
Ms. Carol Adoch will be awarded a Doctor of Laws (LL.D) making her the first woman to be awarded a Doctor of Laws.
Ritah Bakesima Ssozi (29), is one of the Ph.D. graduands who has also completed her Ph.D. in Reproductive Health. Her research was on modern contraceptive use among female refugee adolescents.
Ritah said that there is a high burden of teenage pregnancy in the refugee population and so they needed to know how they can address the problem.
The Graduation Ceremony will be held from Monday 23rd – Friday 27th May 2022 and here is the schedule:
Monday, 23rd May 2022
College of Health Sciences (CHS)
College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS)
School of Law (SoL)
Tuesday, 24th May 2022
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES)
College of Education and External Studies (CEES)
Wednesday, 25th May 2022
College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS)
College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS)
College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio-security (CoVAB)
Thursday, 26th May 2022
Makerere University Business School (MUBS)
Friday, 27th May 2022
College of Engineering, Design, Art, and Technology (CEDAT)
College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS)