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St Lawrence University recognizes partner embassies, communities

Taking home certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s and master’s degrees were 217 females (50.5 per cent) and 213 were males (49.5 per cent).

St Lawrence University (SLAU) has demonstrated appreciation for partnering with diplomatic missions and communities by giving them special awards of recognition.

This was on February 3, 2022, as the university passed out 430 students originating from 13 African countries at St Lawrence University 12th graduation ceremony. The countries were Uganda, South Sudan, Somalia and Rwanda in that order in numbers. Others were Sudan, Burundi, Tanzania, Comoros, Eritrea, Nigeria, Ethiopia, DR Congo and Kenya.

Taking home certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s and master’s degrees were 217 females (50.5 per cent) and 213 were males (49.5 per cent).

The academic ceremonies were preceded by a mass led by Rev Fr Samuel Kabogoza, a candle-lighting ritual in honour of the university’s founder Prof Lawrence Mukiibi and the university’s motto ‘Light your candle’.

The candle-lighting ritual also symbolizes the ripple and trickle-down effects of knowledge sharing and service transfer. Hence the first candle was lit by Maria Justine Tulina, the chairperson, the Board of Trustees, who then passed the light to the candle of Mike Kennedy Sebalu, the chairperson of the University Council. 

Sebalu transferred the light to the candle of vice-chancellor Dr Charles Masaba, the vice-chancellor. The process went on the administrative ladder until the candles of all graduands were lit.


Authorities announced that Diamond Trust Bank, another partner, had offered the best 10 students to work with the bank at no condition at all.

The university awarded the best female student, Sharon Aujo (Barchelor of Guidance and Counselling) and the best male student, Steven Frank Abach (Bachelor of Science in Public Health) with a certificate and cheque of Shs 500,000 each.

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Other persons or institutions instrumental in the life journey of the university were recognized and awarded at the function.

These were diplomatic missions of South Sudan, Eritrea, Nigeria, Burundi, Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda; staff members Simon Peter Mabira, Night Delima and Ruth Mirembe Sseninde; and alumni David Agonzibwa, Peter Kivumbi, Isma Nsubuga, Raymond Musiima, and John Kalungi.

For a university, which boasts of having enrolment from 20 African countries, awarded the above seven embassies for a fruitful partnership with them.  

The university also recognized farmers and other exemplary leaders and performers as part of its regular community outreach and corporate social responsibility programmes.

All the recognition awards were presented by Edward Ssekandi, the chancellor. While presenting the keynote speech, Prof Badru Kateregga, the founder of Kampala University, praised the founder of SLAU, the late Prof Lawrence Mukiibi, as an outstanding educationalist who lived ahead and beyond his times.

He asked the university management to set up an annual mass and annual lecture in Mukiibi’s remembrance.

Kateregga asked government to make a special recognition of Mukiibi for his immense contributions to Uganda’s educational system. He advised private universities to build networks with so-called competitor universities, arguing that consultations and collaborations lead to higher resilience and other mutual benefits.

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