11TH GRADUATION CEREMONY COLORFULLY CELEBRATED AT ULK GISENYI
On 21st December 2016, people from all backgrounds of life gathered at ULK Gisenyi Campus to celebrate the 11th graduation ceremony in which 1146 candidates were awarded Bachelor’s degrees in the fields of Accounting, Finance, Rural Development, Development Studies and Law. On the same occasion, 65 were awarded master’s degrees in Finance and Development Studies.
It was a function that was also graced by parents, relatives, friends and acquaintances who had accompanied the smiling graduates.
Speaking at the function, Prof. Dr. RWIGAMBA Balinda highlighted two important points: In the first place, he thanked whoever makes it possible for education at ULK to prosper; while in the second place he provided the graduates with pieces of advice.
Your success on the marketplace will depend on how resilient and hardworking you are. You should cease to be worried about failures resulting in starting businesses. Instead, you should start small while hoping to grow big one day, he advised them.
“Some of you may say that they don’t have any starting capital. It’s obvious but you should remember that an idea on how to start a project costs nothing. You will not need money to have an idea. Therefore, you will first of all have an idea on what you are going to venture in. Indeed, you may get together in cooperatives and apply for a bank loan under what is known as solidarity caution”, he added.
In his remarks, Dr. SEKIBIBI Ezechiel, ULK Vice Chancellor, pointed out that Kigali Independent University ULK has so far contributed to national development by supplying quality workforce to serve in various institutions, be it public or private. He also said that a considerable number of students opt for job creation after their studies.
As statistics have it, our students are largely hired by different institutions countrywide. There are also many others who have decided to create their own businesses and are currently running them using the knowledge and skills acquired from ULK, he proudly said.
The graduation, whose agenda pleased each and everyone, became much more interesting when the students’ representative, FEZA Clémence, delivered her uplifting statement. In her speech she expressed their gratitude to the senior management of ULK spearheaded by Prof. Dr. RWIGAMBA BALINDA for having availed all necessities for excellent learning. No wonder, her speech is one of the memories that will forever remain in the minds of those who graced the event.
Everything considered, best performers got awarded and thereafter Prof. Dr. KALISA MBANDA, ULK Chancellor made it to the podium to dissolve the congregation.