A total of the 25 students graduated with PhDs from the University of Rwanda Colleges in their respective courses this week.
The Chancellor of Rwanda Ms. Patricia Campbell conferred the Ph.D.’s accreditations during the event through virtual address.
Ms Patricia Campbell was appointed the Chancellor of UR by the cabinet on September 14, 2018.
The ceremony took place in Nyagatare District and saw over 5,000 students from six colleges of the University of Rwanda handed their degree certificates and transcripts immediately after graduating.
Apart from 25 Ph.D. graduates, 628 students were also awarded Master’s Degrees, and four Post Graduate Diplomas, while 4,717 walked home with Bachelor’s degrees while 96 and 1,980 were awarded advanced Diploma and Diploma respectively.
The total population who graduated from the University this year was 5,702 students among whom 150 students come from 17 other African countries and four Asian nations.
The University of Rwanda is a public collegiate university based in Kigali, Rwanda. Formed in 2013 through the merger of previously independent educational institutions, the University of Rwanda is the largest educational institution in Rwanda.
Dr. Didas Muganga Kayihura, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Rwanda speaking at the event lauded the student’s achievement and reminded them not to relax but to bootstrap their efforts and urged them to go and impact their communities.
“I take this opportunity to congratulate you all for the valuable moment and for making your dreams come true.”
“Most of you are young women and men who just finished your footsteps in your academic years. You can only continue to grow and the University of Rwanda desires to become your committed partner in hiking further your academic ladders. You can only continue to grow from here and the University of Rwanda desires,” he said.
“To you graduates, this is not an end but the beginning,” he further emphasized.
He reminded the students that the world expects high achievers from them and therefore advised that they shouldn’t proudly relax but work hard so to impact their societies positively with their skills.
“The expectation from the world is that each one of you will now have improved capacity to solve problems and turn situations around. Having greater abilities to play enhanced individually and collectively in the social and economic transformations of our respective countries in the continent and the world at large in the standard gauge against which and you will be measured from now on,” he said.