Muni University graduates advised to create own opportunities

By Andrew Cohen Amvesi

ARUA. The new graduates from Muni University have been advised to use the knowledge acquired to create opportunities for themselves.

The advice was sounded by Assoc. Prof. Simon Anguma Katrini shortly after his installation as the second Vice Chancellor of Muni University during the 6th graduation ceremony held at the University Campus in Arua city on Saturday, April 6, 2024.

Prof. Anguma now replaces the Late Prof. Christine Dranzua who died on June 28, 2022.

Anguma, formerly the deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academics was installed by retired Archbishop, the Most Rt. Rev. Luke Orombi also the Chancellor of Muni University during the function that show a total of 143 students graduate with different degrees and diplomas.

The students graduated from seven academic programs which include; Bachelor of Information Systems (BIS), Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science with Education, Bachelor of Nursing Science, Bachelor of Business Administration and Management.

The other two graduate programs include; Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management and Master of Education in Educational Planning and Management.

At least 11 students were for the first time awarded with Masters of Education in Educational Planning and Management in the history of Muni University.

Meanwhile at Bachelors level, a total of seven students were awarded certificates of excellency for attaining First Class with the overall best student being a journalist of Voice of Life Fm in Arua city, William Mugisha who obtained a CGPA of 4.65 in Bachelors of Business Administration and Management (BBM).

But during the function, Anguma advised the graduates to use their papers to create opportunities for themselves.

“The degrees alone you have been awarded today will not seek opportunities for you, rise and start creating opportunities for yourselves. You are going to be awarded degrees or post graduate diplomas, definitely you will attain them now, these degrees and post graduate diplomas you would have attained should define your new starting point,” Anguma said.

“Use it as a stepping stone for rising to the next level; either in the world of work or for pursuing further studies. The point is that what you have attained now should not be the end but the beginning of another new end. I therefore encourage you to pursue higher degrees so that you may remain relevant in this highly competitive world,” Katrini stressed.

Eng. Joel Aita, the chairperson of Muni University council congratulated Anguma upon his installation as the new University Vice Chancellor and said the day also marks the culmination of the graduates’ hard work and dedication exhibited during the tough journey of attaining the degrees awarded today.

In his remarks, Orombi said they have gathered not only to witness the installation of Assoc. Prof. Anguma but also to celebrate the legacy left by the late Prof. Christine Dranzoa.

“I want to encourage you Prof. Anguma to carry forward the great legacy of Dranzoa by propelling Muni University to even greater heights. I’m happy to note that in this short period of time in your office, we were able to see signs of significant development. May God continue to shower on you wisdom and good health so that you can continue to provide stewardship for our university which is now a growing University,” Orombi remarked.

He asked the graduates to face the future with optimism and courage because it is the courageous who win.

Similarly, Janet Museveni, the Minister of Education and Sports, in a speech read by Joyce Moriku, the State Minister of Education and Sports in charge of Primary Education, expressed gratitude to the new Vice Chancellor, and said his stewardship is vital to the ongoing success of Muni University.

Janet said as the graduates embark on a new journey in their lives, she has no doubt that their academic journey in Muni University has not only equipped them academically but also it has given them the virtue of integrity, virtue of compassion and service to the community.

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