Nairobi, (KE): Kenya’s marathon legend Eliud Kipchoge was Friday awarded the Honorary Degree of Humane Letters for his outstanding contributions to society and unparalleled achievements in athletics.
Kipchoge received the award at the historic moment during the 41st graduation ceremony of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).
At the ceremony held on Friday, December 1, Kipchoge joined the ranks of individuals recognized for their significant societal impact, receiving the Doctor of Human Letters (L.H.D) without the traditional classroom and thesis requirements.
The ceremony, attended by 4,775 graduates, showcased Kipchoge’s dedication to service and humanitarian efforts.
His remarkable athletic feats, including breaking the two-hour marathon barrier in 2019, have not only etched his name in history but have also inspired the famous mantra, ‘no human is limited.’
From his world championship win in the 5000-meter race in 2003 to securing gold at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in 2016 and triumphing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in 2021, Kipchoge’s athletic journey has been marked by excellence.
Beyond the track, Kipchoge’s commitment to society is evident in his establishment of the Eliud Kipchoge Foundation in 2021.
The foundation focuses on providing access to early childhood education and environmental protection, reflecting Kipchoge’s dedication to creating a positive impact beyond the realms of sports.
As JKUAT celebrates its graduates, Kipchoge’s honorary degree stands as a testament to the power of determination, excellence, and service, inspiring the next generation to reach new heights both on and off the track.
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