By Innocent Anguyo
A total of 244 students have attained first-class degrees at Makerere University. Therefore, this year will see Makerere graduate fewer first class degrees than last year (248 students).
Makerere University is set to graduate at least 12, 616 students in her 64th graduation ceremony slated to take place from Tuesday January 28 to Friday January 31 2014.
The 2014 graduation statistics reveal that at least a hundred more students will graduate than last year. Last year, Uganda’s oldest university graduated over 12,555 students.
This year’s graduation will see students receive Doctorates, Masters Degrees, Post Graduate Diplomas; Undergraduate degrees will also be awarded.
The 2014 graduation list obtained by the New Vision reveals that, of the graduands; 11,103 are Undergraduates, 1,192 will receive Masters Degrees, 51 will acquire Doctorates, 213 will walk away with Undergraduate Diplomas and 57 will obtain Post Graduate Diplomas.
According to a circular issued by Makerere University Academic Registrar Alfred Masikye, the institution’s graduation Ceremony will take place for four days, as usual.
The ceremony will take place at Makerere’s famous Freedom Square from 9:00am, on each of the four days.
Makerere University Council (The institution’s supreme governing body) approved the graduation date at its 129th meeting held on December 10 2013.
In the same meeting, also approved was the date for the 65th graduation ceremony slated to take place from Tuesday January 28 2015 to Friday January 31 2015.
Masikye further disclosed that each graduand is allowed one invitation card for two of his/her selected guests only.
“Graduands will be required to submit the names of the two guests they wish to invite for the ceremony and thereafter their invitation cards will be issued. Cards and gowns will be collected from Monday, 20th January, 2014 (yesterday).” Said Masikye in a statement released recently.
Nevertheless, Makerere has warned that some electronics and food items will not be allowed at the graduation ceremony. The prohibited items include mobile phones, alcohol, dangerous weapons, canned food and drinks, Cameras (video and still cameras), pocket radio, Fire arms, Bottled drinks, Cells/batteries and chemicals, large bags among many.
On the first day, Colleges of Health Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences and Natural Sciences will graduate.
Students from the colleges of Business and Management Sciences, and Computing and Information Sciences will graduate on the second day.
The third day will see degrees awarded to students from colleges Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Engineering, and Education and External. Schools of Law and, Art and design will equally graduate their students on Thursday.
The last day is set aside for the graduation of students from Makerere University Business School (MUBS).