KAMPALA, UGANDA: The administration of Kyambogo University will hold its 17th graduation ceremony between 21-23 September 2021, the Daily Express has learnt.
The development comes as good news to finalists who had been waiting since December 2020 with the university administration postponing the ceremony thrice before finally settling for next month.
Addressing journalists on Monday, August 8, Prof. Eli Katunguka the Kyambogo University Vice-Chancellor confirmed the dates and said the graduation will be conducted virtually.
Prof Katunguka said physical attendance will be restricted to post-graduate students and university officials due to Covid-19 measures.
“I, therefore, urge the deans and heads of departments to set the ball rolling to handle their respective activities to ensure a successful graduation,” Prof Katunguka said.
“Parents and students have waited for this for a long time and I thank the Senate for taking this stand. We must move now, especially as the lockdown has been lifted. I will be monitoring the progress of various committees to ensure that we achieve this target,” he added.
According to Prof Katunguka, students are supposed to clear with the relevant university departments to be eligible to graduate.
He, however, said all the clearing will be done online to avoid crowds on campus.
At the same function, Prof Katunguka said the university would continue with online learning until a large number of students and staff are vaccinated and it is safe to fully reopen educational institutions.
Prof Katunguka, however, decried the high cost of data and limited Internet access by some students, especially those in rural areas.
“We are aware of the challenges faced by staff and students, which include the cost of data, lack of access wherever students stay, no power to charge the gadgets in use, and lack of these gadgets,” Prof Katunguka said.
“With the effects of the pandemic not abetting, we must be innovative and switch to a new normal. I, therefore, urge parents and guardians to invest in the education of their children which should include buying laptops, iPad, smartphones for students so that teaching and learning can continue,” Prof Katunguka added.
He said this was being done to encourage and motivate students not to lose hope in education, asserting that those who would miss online lectures would be given residual lessons when the government reopens schools.
Some institutions have shifted to online teaching, especially private ones.
However, some universities could not continue with online teaching because, at the time of closure, examinations were underway so students could not proceed to the next level until they sit for promotional exams.