Yesterday, on 21st December 2018, Kigali Independent University ULK/Gisenyi Campus held the thirteenth graduation ceremony for Undergraduate programme, and on the same occasion the third graduation ceremony for postgraduate programme.
People from all walks of life joined to witness the event. As a matter of fact, 32 graduates from master’s programme were crowned with their Degrees Honours in MBA (1), MFIN (15), MDS (6) and MPL (10). As far as the undergraduate programme is concerned, two hundred ninety-eight graduates were awarded their degrees honours in Computer Science (27), Accounting (139) and Finance (132).
The ceremony kicked off with the official opening remarks by the Chancellor of Kigali Independent University ULK, where he enthusiastically welcomed all the people in the congregation and thanked them for having joined ULK family on that special occasion.
In his welcome remarks, Dr SEKIBIBI Ezechiel, Vice Chancellor of ULK recognized various guests in the congregation. In a particular way, he thanked those from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“I wish to benefit from this opportunity to thank our guests from our neighboring country the DRC for having joined us as we gather to celebrate the thirteenth graduation ceremony here at ULK/Gisenyi Campus. Your joining us is a sign of trust as well as sincere love you have not only for ULK, but also for our country at large,” he said.
The Vice Chancellor went on to give a general overview on ULK, focusing mainly on what makes this institution of higher learning special.
He said, “Kigali Independent University ULK is a private institution of higher learning that has made commendable strides. Indeed, it has built its name. Just to give you an example among many others, our students always top the ladder whenever they engage into debates nationally, regionally and beyond. And the secret behind ULK’s success is nothing else but good management, quality programmes, quality teaching staff, quality resources and quality students.”
Speaking on the occasion, the Founder and President of ULK thanked the graduands for their great achievements. It followed that he briefed them on how they can cope up with ups and downs of life upon the completion of their studies.
I wish to give you, beloved graduands, a package of pieces of advice which will sustain you throughout the rest of your life. Being crowned with degree honours is not a guarantee of a bright future. To ascertain you succeed in life outside there, you must be characterized by ethical values and hard work. As you leave this university, do not sit and fold your arms waiting for someone to employ you. Be self-starters and job-creators instead. It is no wonder that the knowledge and skills you gained from this university will sustain you in your pursuit of a better life
The function climaxed with a speech by the graduates’ representative, Mr. BIFUKO Andrew. In his speech, he pledged that he and his fellow graduates will always strive for excellence and make use of knowledge, skills and ethical values they acquired from ULK.
As a matter of fact, the degree we have been crowned with today will serve the platform we use to launch ourselves into our futures. We promise to maximize the utility of the knowledge, skills and ethical values we acquired from KIGALI Independent University ULK and look beyond what we have studied, try new things and notice the opportunities and make a difference by getting involved in our community.