Before the glazing sun took over to co-emcee for the rest of the day, various guests from all walks of life had thronged the varsity graduation pavilion either as hosts, guests, key guests, family and loved ones or just as witnesses unto the historic celebration of the academic fete by 635 graduands (soon to be graduates)
The day’s program that was kept short, clear as well us followed diligently had exiting segments and features that kept the audience alive despite the scorching sun that had been at the centre of the lifestyle of various comrades who’d pursued 1-2-3- 4-5 year-long courses for their certificate, diplomas, bachelors and masters programs.
Kicking off around 9, the ceremony was called to order, A graduands procession Followed, various prayers form diverse religious backgrounds before the Main MC, Chris Santos, guided the rest of the programs. In the opening hours, there was a segment dedicated mainly for entertainment. It featured, well-coordinated choreography from varsity dance crew, a powerful solo rendition one of the students and a vibrant varsity choir . Not forgetting the heated and electric performance by the mwazindika, just to remind guests that they has indeed set foot in Dawida land.
An more official welcome note was given by the DVC Finance, Prof. Too who later called on various protocols starting off with the Chairperson of the Alumni Association, Mr. Richard Kibengo to give his remarks especially in line with the programs of the association.
In his opening remarks he officially invited the graduands to join the association noting that the primary goal of this was giving back especially to the student body both within and off-campus. Richard cited establishment of a full secretariat, effecting the endowment fun, setting up various chapters, conducting lots of mentorship programs as part of the immediate activities underway or in the pipeline. On behalf of the Alumni association he pledged Ksh 250,000 as a scholarship fund under the union, promising that as a union there will be efforts to increase the funds in the subsequent years.
In his note to the general audience and more especially to the prospect new members of the Alumni association (class of 2018) he gave a reminder of the need for equal education, recapping with a quote by the Deputy President William Ruto.
“The only way to ensure both the rich kids and the kids of the hustlers get equal opportunities is by giving them equal opportunities”
Next On the podium was the Vice Chancellor Prof. Barasa, The Successor to Prof. Hamadi Boga under whose leadership the institution had its first graduation in 2017. Prof. made various acknowledgement of the key invited guest present in the venue before delving into an overview of the institutional progress thus far, the strategic plans and partnerships in place among other developments since the inaugural graduation.
As a rapidly growing university in the region, he acknowledge the gesture by isangawishi community that donated 1000 acres to the university purposefully for expansion. In the same note he highlighted on the council’s agenda of inclusion of more courses in the academic programs by the university.
He noted the great positive feedback around having Bachelors in Education (B.Ed.) as one of the programs and also the impressive fact of having the first class of BSc. Horticulture graduate this year.
Talking Gender, Prof commended the ladies that formed th3 32 percent of the graduation list, Class of 2018. Most interestingly, he also commended the spirited fight of the institutions first, visually impaired graduate, Moses Mlama, who pursued a course in Human Resource.
Onto scholarships, Prof. highlighted the growing partnerships and Scholarships aimed at driving the academic agenda in the home of ideas even further. Notably he mentioned, the CEMEREM program that had sponsored 11 masters students in the mining engineering programs, The German Exchange Services and the Jones Mwaruma Foundation among others that have contributed greatly in that respect.
The Chairman of Council, Dr. Rukae. In his speech equally noted the overall efforts of the University towards achieving key linkages and building an international profile steadily. He cited HTD Dresden, Germany, TU Friedberg, CTAO, and DAAD among others as key collaborators that had equally invested heavily in scholarships.
In the same vein, he cited a couple of geo-informatics institutions, national meteorological organizations, the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Colorado School of mines among others.
As an institution having been designated as host the national mining institute, Dr. Rukae said that was a move that energize the institutions potential to realize productivity, multiply operations and management and while at it researching on solutions for specific industry problems Through innovation.
“Join the dream, make it a reality. We are all stake holders in this. Let’s make TTU the greatest in Kenya, In East Africa and Ultimately the greatest in the Continent’ He appealed.
Write your story
The Chancellor, Dr. Sally Kosgei, EGH, EBS, CBS, PHD (Stanford), MA (Stanford) BA (Dar-es-Salaam) in congratulated the class of 2018 for the amazing fight to the finish line. She made an appeal reassure the corporate world not to look further in regard to prospect employees, as TTU offered some of the best, authentic & will trained individual. She expressed the desire to see the 32 percent statistic of female graduates, scale up and match the overall 52 percent of women statistic.
Broadly speaking daktari urged the Class of 2018 to go out and not only just a story, but a good one as it reflected back on TTU as an institution they came from.
“Go out and conquer the world. Write your own story. We have the confidence in you.” She remarked.
She generally commended the priceless effort by the management as well as all stakeholders involved in ensuring TTU channeled out fully baked graduates. In retrospect the chancellor acknowledge the great regional economic transformation by virtue of the university’s presence in the local community.
On her message to the National Government Sally advised the relevant dockets to rethink Education funds and avoid the extreme cuts on recurrent expenditure especially for tertiary institutions, citing TTU as one of the institutions with specialized demands.
The power to read.
After all was said, one thing had to be done ultimately. The conferment of degrees in respective programs and overally the powers to read. This was steered by various deans of different school and culminated with the conferment by the Chancellor before the End of the Ceremony, Various After parties and the eventual exit at personal pleasure.
Congratulations. Class of 2018.
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