UCU: 1,810 graduate in virtual ceremony
When Covid-19 pandemic hit the universe last year, little was imagined on how long people would be under lockdown.
To Uganda Christian University (UCU), this was not only challenging her but also strengthening her roots into the electronic operations.
The University has held her first-ever virtual graduation successfully with over 1,810 graduands graduating in different disciplines.
Among them, 42 got first-class honours degrees with Bachelors of Social Science Faculty topping the list with 24 first-class students.
Speaking at the ceremony, Archbishop of Uganda and Chancellor of UCU, the Most Reverend Dr Samuel Stephen Kazimba Mugalu advised students to be ready to serve others.
He said that the best way one can be elevated is by accepting to serve humanity with humility.
“You must have a servant heart on top of your degrees. Humility is not degradation, it is a source of power,” Rt. Rev. Mugalu said.
He also applauded the university for having been the first in history of Uganda to be granted approval to offer classes online. He said this was accelerated by the coming of COVID-19.
“I appreciate the fact that you accepted a mindset shift to technological studies,” Rt. Rev. Mugalu said.
He said that the university is developing at a higher speed given the turbulence of the pandemic. Rt. Rev Mugalu also called upon graduands to exercise christian influence in the forthcoming elections and being agents of peace.
“We have empowered you with the mind to think and take decisions. This is your generation so you need to stand for peace and civility,” he said.
The former Vice Chancellor, who was the guest of honor, Rev. Dr. John Ssenyonyi congratulated graduates and asked them to live to their dreams if they are to be successful in life.
He also applauded the university management for having ensured continuity amidst the covid-19 challenges.
“The university sat down to find a way to navigate through the turbulent times. This is a reason to celebrate,” Rev. Dr. Ssenyonyi said.
He also said that the mantle is passed on to graduates to uphold UCU values of Christ-Centeredness,deligence, integrity, servant-hood and stewardship saying these would shape their work ethics.
“Be ambassadors of the University by being exceptional servants,” Rev. Dr. Ssenyonyi said.
Meanwhile, the Vice Chancellor, Assoc. Prof. Aaron Mushengyezi said that the university is going digital something he said is successful inspite of COVID-19.
“We have a visision to become an e-campus. We have moved a step in doing this,” he said.
The university has held electronic voting, virtual handover and online studies successfully. Rt. Rev Mugalu said that the university Council has approved the infracture developments which include the shopping center in campus and four blocks of residential rooms at the main campus.
UCU is the first ti hold a virtual graduation across the region. This saw only close to 130 graduands representing the rest.
Asked about his experience with the virtual graduation, John Tumwisirize, a graduate of Bachelor of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Intervention said that the system is convenient.
“This has been the best experience. The university is turning electronic,” he said.
To Gloria Kyagu, a graduate of Bachelor of Environment and Disaster Management, the university should do away with physical usual graduation and instead take on the virtual one.
” I believe this is cheaper and easier to manage,” she said.
Unlike the previous graduation ceremonies, all university’s constituent colleges participated.