ULK MARKS ITS 14TH GRADUATION CEREMONY
On 8th December 2017, Kigali Independent University ULK marked the 14th Graduation Ceremony for undergraduate section which coincided with the 4th Graduation Ceremony for postgraduate section.
The event attracted people from all backgrounds of life including, the Founder and President of ULK, Prof. Dr RWIGAMBA Balinda; ULK Deputy Legal Representative, NYIRASHYIRAMBERE Marie Louise; Hon. Professor Laurent NKUSI, Senator in the Rwandan parliament; ULK Chancellor, Prof. Dr Kalisa MBANDA; ULK Vice Chancellor, Dr. SEKIBIBI Ezechiel, ULK staff, graduands and laureates, their parents and relatives, to mention but a few.
At the very start, both the National Anthem and ULK Anthem got sung and shortly after Mr. Jean Baptiste MANIRAKIZA, the event moderator led participants in a word of prayer before the Chancellor of ULK declared the 14th Graduation Ceremony officially open.
In his opening remarks Prof. Kalisa MBANDA, ULK Chancellor, urged the graduands and laureates to put into practice what they learnt in class by being example-setters be it in Rwanda or beyond the borders.
“……..what I can request you therefore is to build on the knowledge and skills drawn from this institution and strive to become example-makers either on the Rwandan market or overseas”, he urged them.
Speaking at the function, Dr. SEKIBIBI Ezechiel, ULK Vice Chancellor, congratulated the graduands and laureates on the great academic strides made. He went on to reiterate that ULK graduates are always pace-makers when it comes to serving the public after graduation.
“There has been a tracer-survey which was conducted and its findings revealed that our graduates perform well on the market place both in public and private institutions. Even those running their own businesses do so exceptionally”, he proudly told the participants.
In his statement, Prof. Dr RWIGAMBA Balinda, the Founder and President of Kigali Independent University ULK tipped the crowned students on how to be successful on the market place. As he said, the best way to be successful on the job market, it is when you create your own job. At this point, he relieved the minds of those who think that starting a business requires one to first of all have money at their disposal. He also told them that living ethical values makes one appreciated by both the employer and those he serves, the customers.
“Starting a business is something that shouldn’t make you scared. If you’re thinking of creating a business, don’t worry much about money because money comes at the fourth place. You need first of all to have an idea, then you plan (…). Indeed, you should live ethical values as the way you behave might in one way or another deny you opportunities or make you earn positive reputation vis-à-vis your employer or your customers”, he tipped them.
It should be noted that 147 laureates were crowned master’s holders in their respective fields while 891 graduands were awarded Bachelor’s degrees in their respective fields of specialization.
All is well that ends well. The congregation got dissolved by the Chancellor to mark the end of the function.