The 74th graduation ceremony of Makerere University, which is expected to see 13,000 graduates at the school’s main campus in Kampala, now has new dates announced.
The academic registrar, Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza, announced in a letter Monday, November 20, 2023, that the graduation ceremony will take place the following year, specifically on January 22–26.
The ceremony was originally scheduled to take place from January 8 to January 12, 2024, however adjustments had to be made to prevent conflict with the anticipated NAM Summit.
Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the vice chancellor of the university, disclosed last month that the Senate would meet to discuss the final graduation list. Ritah Namisango, a spokesman for the institution, stated that this was not feasible.
“We call upon all those students who will be graduating to use this time to ensure that they have satisfied the academic requirements and financial obligations,” Namisango said.
After the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic disturbed the academic calendar, the oldest public institution in Uganda will, if everything goes according to plan, be performing its graduation in January for the first time since pre-COVID-19 time.
The university held its graduation ceremony in February of this year, but according to Prof. Nawangwe, August of the following year would see a return to the previous schedule.
Makerere has adopted a mixed learning model since the COVID-19 lockout, with some students studying remotely in an environment known as the Makerere University E-learning Environment.
On November 7, during Prof. Nawang’s 4th Fulbright Prof. William Ssenteza Kajubi memorial lecture, we mentioned that the university has accepted artificial intelligence as the new standard, allowing all students to learn.