71st Makerere University graduation ceremony underway, 12,550 to graduate; of these, 108 are PhD candidates

71st Makerere University graduation ceremony underway, 12,550 to graduate; of these, 108 are PhD candidates

By Norman Isaac Mwambazi

After several postponements, the 71st graduation ceremony of one of Africa’s most prestigious Universities, Makerere University is finally underway at the University’s main campus in Kampala, Uganda.

The university announced that this year, 12,550 graduands will have their degrees and diplomas conferred unto them by the Chancellor, Prof Ezra Suruma, in a hybrid ceremony attended by a select few while others follow the ceremony live on TVs and Makerere University’s social media platforms following government guidelines against the spread of COVID-19.

Of the 12,550 graduands, 6,433 (51%) re female and 6,117 (49%) re male. A record 108 graduands will be conferred upon Doctor of Philosophy (PhDs) 38 (35.2%) of which are female and 70 (64.8%) male.

71st Makerere University graduation ceremony underway, 12550 to graduate; of these, 108 are PhD candidates
Some of the graduands in attendance. COURTESY PHOTOS.

1,160 candidates will be conferred upon Masters Degrees where 434 (37.4%) of them are female and 726 (62.6%) are male. 115 (33 – 28.7% female and 82 – 71.3% male), 11,151 (5,919 – 53% female and 5,232 – 47% male) and 16 (9 – 56% female and 44% male) candidates will graduate with Postgraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Degrees and Undergraduate Diplomas respectively.

Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree of Makerere for his contribution to the Universities School of Public Health and the Ministry of Health at large. Berkley accepted the degree through a virtual speech.

It is only the PhD, Masters’ Degree, and First Class Honours Degree Graduands who are authorized to physically attend the graduation ceremony at Freedom Square, Makerere University.

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