About 900 graduands from different faculties and disciplines of St. Lawrence University today passed out during the University 7th graduation ceremony held at the university main campus in Rubaga – Kampala.
During the function presided over by the Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, over 300 students were awarded diplomas and undergraduate degrees business and management studies, about another 300 from humanities, while 190 graduated from computing and information technology.
Graduands were from 13 countries at St. Lawrence campus who graduated from the faculties of education and the institute of Industrial Art and Design with a total of 42 percent of graduands being females.
Speaking at the function, Ssekandi who is also the University Chancellor, emphasized that private universities are a deliberate liberalization policy of government to bring institutions of higher learning closer to Ugandans in order to produce high calibre human resource.
Vice President applauded St. Lawrence University for its uniqueness including being down to earth in its knowledge application and responsiveness on both market and entrepreneurial demands.
He added that the success of the university has been possible due to its commitment to academic excellence and student exchanges and collaborations with other world-class universities.
The Vice President urged graduands to use their acquired knowledge and skills to create own jobs and also cautioned them against temptations that could lead them into being infected with HIV/AIDS.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kakinda Mbaaga said that the university has setup a new ICT block and equipping both the under graduate and post graduate libraries as well as attracting new students from Comoros which has brought the number of countries with international students to 13.
The Chairman Board of Trustees, Prof. Lawrence Mukiibi said that outreach entrepreneurial business training to members of the community had boosted relations with members of the public and provided vital business skills to some members of the public.
Kiiza Nelson from Bachelor of Social work and Social Administration emerged the overall best of 929 students. A bout 5000 students have graduated from St. Lawrence University since it was established about 10 years ago.