The University of Nairobi held its 65th Graduation Ceremony on 24th September 2021. The ceremony was virtual in regard to the COVID-19 Protocols.
The ceremony saw the awarding of the Higher Doctor of Science (DSC) Degree to Prof. Fredrick Were, the 7th recipient of a higher doctorate degree of the University of Nairobi.
On her part, the Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Education, Ms. Mumina Gallo Bonaya pointed out, that in difficult times, universities must step-up to offer leadership in research, innovation, and technology. She thus encouraged the graduating class. Ms. Bonaya was delivering a speech on behalf of the CS, Education Prof. George Magoha.
The Vice-Chancellor, UoN, Prof. Stephen Kiama echoed Ms Mumina’s sentiments and vowed to continue implementing measures that promote National Cohesion and National Values. He said that irrespective of someone’s background, they should consider the University as their home and everybody will be accorded the same opportunity to grow and thrive.
Speaking on behalf of the University Council, Eng. Kariuki Muchemi strongly urged the youth; in the context of exercising their civic duties, to avoid being misled or misused by continuing to stand together as comrades and to always hold politicians accountable.
The valedictorian, Mr. Kirubel Mathewos Alemu a graduand of Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Science and Technology, reflected on the painful journey encountered by comrades in a bid to complete their studies. He said in his time no two years were the same. Each year they faced new challenges and each time members of the university pulled through with outstanding resolve.
University of Nairobi Alumni Association (UONAA) Chairman, Mr. Isaac Awuondo encouraged the class of 2021 to join the Alumni Association as the experience will prove vital in shaping their careers, their communities and will go a long way in supporting their Alma to achieve world-class status.
4,205 students were awarded certificates at the 65th graduation; 1 Higher Doctorate Degree, 79 PhD Degrees, 378 Masters, 17 postgraduate diplomas, 3,459 Bachelors, 271 Diplomas. 36.7 % of the graduands were females while 63.3% were male.