For the first time ever, Kampala International University (KIU) successfully organized its 22nd Graduation Ceremony virtually.
The event, which took place on Saturday, 22nd August 2020, had guests and graduands in attendance via social media platforms like the Facebook, YouTube, and on Urban Television.
The ceremony which was previously scheduled to take place in June, was postponed to August so as to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and comply with the standard operating procedures of the Ministry of Health.
In a speech delivered by the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Mouhamad Mpezamihingo on behalf of Al Haji Hassan Basjjabalaba, Chairman Board of Trustees, he applauded the university council, Management and staff who were quick to adapt to the changing environment.
“As we all know, COVID-19 has changed everything in regard to how we live and work. I have learned that many institutions of learning have found it hard to effectively adapt to the new normal. They have had to suspend key governance and operational activities. However, am happy to note that the University Council, Management and Staff of KIU swiftly adapted to the new virtual reality. Thanks to the open-mindedness of all these stakeholders, the university’s business has continued through regular virtual classes and meetings of the University Council; the University Management; the University Senate and all its committees.
The Board of Trustees is indeed thankful for the swiftness with which the stakeholders approached the shift from the old normal to the new normal,” he lauded.
The academic awards including Certificates, Diplomas, and Bachelor’s Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, Masters and PhDs were conferred online by the newly appointed Chancellor, Prof Mahmood Mamdani.
“All universities worth their calling must be spaces dedicated to open and broad discussion. Education cannot just be prescriptive; it has also to be diagnostic. A type of discussion dedicated to creating a pluralistic environment. If we recognize that there is always more than one way to do any one thing, then we need to need to understand the consequences of each possible way of doing a thing. That means to think of the university as a space open to debate and discussion, to learning,” he urged during the virtual graduation.
A soft copy of the graduation booklet was made available on the university’s website, and a clearance form was fundamentally provided to the potential graduands, requiring a fulfillment of all requirements before finally being allowed to graduate
Speeches by the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, Chairperson University Council, and Chairman Board of Trustees, Guest of Honor and the Chief Guest were delivered online, where also the Deans and Principals respectively presented the grandaunts’ names.
Each graduand whose award required oath-taking was also provided with the oath online, which they signed and submitted.
After the graduation ceremony, the collection of academic documents will be scheduled by the Directorate of Academic Affairs in a manner that complies with the standard operating procedures of the University and the Ministry of Health to prevent the spread of Covid-19 pandemic