ULK KIGALI CAMPUS MARKS ITS 13TH GRADUATION CEREMONY
Today 9th December 2016, a mammoth crowd gathered in ULK Kigali main stadium to celebrate the 13th graduation ceremony for undergraduate level which concurrently took place with the 3rd graduation for master’s level.
The ceremony in which 271 Master’s students and 2715 Undergraduate students were awarded with degrees, had attracted people from all walks of life ranging from ULK staff members, graduands and their relatives, people from overseas, members of the media, to mention but a few.
At exactly 7:30 a.m, Mr Jean Baptiste Manirakiza, the moderator of the event, got on the stage to start entertaining the audience and at the same time giving them the gist of the graduation ceremony. Before long, the graduands, laureates as well ULK staff started entering the stadium to enable the ceremony to officially start.
No sooner had everyone arrived in the stadium than the National Anthem and ULK Anthem got sung. Shortly after they had been sung, a word of prayer was said by Brother Muvunyi Emile from The Christian Assembly of Gisozi to invite heavenly presence at the function.
Like any other university abiding by international education standards would proceed, the graduation ceremony was officially opened by ULK Chancellor, Prof. Dr Kalisa Mbanda. In his opening remarks, he hailed the leadership of Rwanda spearheaded by H.E, Paul Kagame for putting in place a good environment that facilitates Higher Learning Institutions to propel education. He also thanked the Founder and President of Kigali Independent University , prof. Dr RWIGAMBA Balinda for not only having put in place a university from which people from various regions of the world draw knowledge but also for having continued to equip ULK with the necessary resources and staff for better learning. Thereafter, he requested the graduates and laureates to utilize the knowledge and ethical values got from ULK to be example-setters on the market place.
“I would like to thank the government of Rwanda spearheaded by H.E Paul KAGAME, the President of the Republic, for having continued to support and empower education sector in this country. Indeed, I would also thank the Founder and President of ULK, Prof. Dr. RWIGAMBA Balinda for his continued empowerment of this university since its inception. To the graduands and laureates, you should use the knowledge and ethical values got from ULK to better lead the labor market”, said the Chancellor.
Speaking at the function, Dr. Ezechiel SEKIBIBI, ULK Vice Chancellor, highlighted the progress the university has so far made ever since it was created. He stressed that ULK graduates never find it cumbersome to get jobs shortly after completing their studies since they are well trained. He added that the university is known regionally and globally due to the fact that its students significantly take part in competitions beyond Rwanda’s borders.
Another key speaker at the function was Prof. Dr. RWIGAMBA Balinda, ULK Founder and President, who tipped the graduands and laureates on how to become successful after studies. As he said, four principles may help someone to succeed and lead the labor market with distinction.
There are four principles for you to succeed on the market place: Having faith in God, Knowing your mission on earth, Living ethical values, and having positive thoughts. It is beyond any doubt that once endowed with these principles, you will be the leaders upon reaching the labor market”, he was quoted as saying.
After the conferment of degrees, the floor was given to the graduates’ representative to disclose their joy. In his statement, Mr. Paul Kampayana who spoke on behalf of the graduates underscored that they are going to use the unquestionable skills drawn from ULK to create and own businesses which will sort out the issue of unemployment that keeps hampering living conditions across the world.
It should be noted that the best students were awarded to commend them on their outstanding academic achievements. In the same vein, students who made the university proud in international debate competitions were awarded. After awarding, the Chancellor got on the stage to dissolve the congregation.