Makerere Graduation Underway

2010 Views Kampala, Uganda

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By 6:45am graduands had started arriving at the university main campus. There is heavy deployment at the university as police personnel man all main entrances and small gates. Several graduands together with their parents are subjected to several security checks.

Guests have started gathering at Makerere's Freedom Square as the university starts  its weeklong 67th graduation ceremony.
  
By 6:45am graduands had started arriving at the university main campus. Today's event is for students from four colleges including the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS) and College of Education and External Studies (CEES).
  
There is heavy deployment at the university as police personnel man all main entrances and small gates. Several graduands together with their parents are subjected to several security checks. Police counter terrorism unit is working together with regular police and plain-clothed security operatives.
  
The Makerere University Chief Security officer, Jackson Mucunguzi, had earlier told URN that the police has deployed between 700 and 1,000 officers and a standby security team to thwart any violent acts. Apart from providing security, the police will provide entertainment at the occasion, according to Mucunguzi.
  
While traffic is flowing within the university, all roads leading to Makerere University are currently blocked as there is no traffic flow. Sir Apolo Kaggwa road traffic is still and it's a similar situation along Bombo road. Traffic police has been deployed at all points to control the traffic flow.
  
Dr. Margaret Wandera, the university hospital acting Director, says they have deployed several medical personnel to handle any emergencies at the university.
  
"My team is already here. We have our usual university hospital staff. We have been reinforced by a team from Red Cross, we have two ambulances on standby," Dr. Wandera said.

Dr Ezra Suruma, who will preside over a second graduation as the chancellor of Makerere, says the university has opened graduating students to "a glimpse into the possibilities and promises of knowledge."

"As you leave Makerere, I urge you to be aggressive, creative and innovative. Despite the cost and high risk of innovation and creativity, it's the true path to leadership. It is only through innovation that you will stand out of the crowd," says Suruma in a message to graduating students. The message has been printed in the 67th graduation book. 
  
At the end of the four-day ceremony, Makerere University will have graduated a total of 14,895 with diplomas, bachelors, masters and Doctorate degrees.
  
Of these, 261 will graduate with first class degrees, 1,277 will graduate with masters degrees while 75 will be awarded PhDs.