One thousand Two hundred Thirty Five (1235) students have been awarded with Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates from Muteesa 1 Royal University at an occasion held at the University’s main campus in Kirumba Masaka.
This marked the 4th graduation ceremony in the history of the University.
The guest speaker was Professor Renford Reese, founder of the Prisons Education project, the integration Academy for parolees and the colorful flags program.
Renford informed the graduating students that they now have what it takes to be like Nelson Mandela. “He said what you give in is what you get”
In his speech, Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga conveyed his sincere congratulations to the graduating students.
He disclosed that in 1875, Ssekabaka Muteesa 1 invited the Missionaries to bring formal education to Uganda. This marked the introduction of modern education for all and initiated the establishment of Masaka Technical Institute, which was eventually upgraded into Muteesa 1 Royal University.
He therefore encouraged Muteesa 1 Royal University to always pay tribute to the two Muteesas for their great visions.
Katikkiro added that His Majesty the Kabaka, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II played a crucial role in fulfilling the dreams of his fore fathers, Ssekabaka Muteesa 1 and Sekabaka Muteesa II, through the establishment of numerous academic institutions. Saying today we are witnessing the fruits of His Majesty’s foresightedness.
Katikkiro expressed his appreciation to the Kabaka Education Fund-Bursary Scheme that has continued to support the needy students throughout Uganda.
Kamalabyonna reminded the public in all parts of Uganda that the Kabaka of Buganda has on his priority list, plans that will help the children achieve their dreams of University education. “These bursaries are available to all Ugandans irrespective of ethnic origin”, he added
Minister for education in Buganda government, Dr. Twaha Kaawaase thanked the University for establishing courses which have got relevance to the student. At least each program has a vocational element.
The vice chancellor of the University, Professor Arthur Sserwanga encouraged the graduating students to make the most of their qualification by contributing to their chosen profession at the community.
Sserwanga urged them to continue putting emphasis on excellence and the nurturing of personal values that will become the pillars in their life.
“Go out and be good role models, individually and collectively, you can make an impact on our society” he said
Out of the 1235 graduating students, over 700 are beneficiaries of Kabaka Education Fund.