MUK Bows To Students Pressure, Over 1000 Added On Graduation List

Makerere University will not hold a separate graduation ceremony, but it will instead publish an addendum list, to gratify for those who could have missed out in the graduation booklet.


Speaking to this reporter yesterday, the university vice chancellor Prof. Ddumba Ssentamu said, so far the graduation booklet which has already been printed contains only 12,680 names of students cleared to graduate.

He however added that, after a through verification, by the university officials, 1,032 students have been catered for in the addendum list that will be finalized by Monday next week.

This means that the premier and oldest institution in Uganda will see a total of 13,712 graduates passed out in their relevant disciplines of study, the graduation ceremony that will last four days beginning on January 19th.

Prof Ddumba said that all those who had genuine complaints have been worked on and they will graduate in the 66th Makerere university graduation ceremony.

A group of angry students since last week have been camping at the Main Building, demanding an explanation as to why they were not appearing on the students’ graduation list over missing marks.

The most affected students are those from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences and College of education.

Many alleged that they have all the marks as well fulfilling all the requirements for one to graduate.

“We paid tuition and passed the examinations. Why is the university failing to play its role by submitting the results and we are included on the lists?” one student, said.

The university Public Relations officer Ritah Namisango last week had called upon students to remain calm as the verification process is still underway saying that all those who qualify will appear on the graduation list.

“At Makerere we are concerned about our integrity of our examinations.

The officials are in the second verification process of all names submitted for graduation, it is after this exercise that the graduation list will be released, i call upon the public to remain calm,” Ritah said.

This is not the first time potential graduands are missing on Makerere University’s graduation list, the School of Social Sciences being the most affected.

While some of the affected students may have a genuine case, the university believes there are failures who usually exploit this to get Awards they don’t qualify for.