New Academic Dress Excites Makerere Graduands

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A newly designed gown is another cause for excitement as Makerere University prepare for the graduation ceremonies next month. About 12,000 students are expected to graduate during the 67th Graduation Ceremony scheduled to take place from February 21 to 25th. The university has redesigned its academic dress including gowns, the hoods and the new attire will be unveiled at the February graduation ceremony.

A newly designed gown is another cause for excitement as Makerere University prepare for the graduation ceremonies next month.

About 12,000 students are expected to graduate during the 67th Graduation Ceremony scheduled to take place from February 21 to 25th. The university has redesigned its academic dress including gowns, the hoods and the new attire will be unveiled at the February graduation ceremony.

The new attire has Makerere's emblem and colours, two features that, until now, were a preserve for doctoral graduands. 
Several students who had come to buy the gowns at the Senate Building said this was a good initiative by the university.

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In his January 19 circular to graduands, Alfred Namoah Masikye, the  Academic Registrar, said the new gown has been approved by the University Council for both graduate and undergraduate programmes with effect from the 67th graduation Ceremony.

"The customised gown is intended to provide uniformity of academic dress for graduands. It is professionally designed and with unique features to rekindle memories of this special day in your life," Namoah said.

In order to allow transition of the old gowns, the university in its implementation of the uniform gown has said that this year's graduation will be relaxed to allow for stock to be cleared for those who had stocked.

Namoah says customised gowns will be sold to graduands at 75,000 shillings on the first come first serve basis. "Those who will not be able to secure customised gowns are at liberty to buy other gowns from the open market as has been the practice," he added.

Namoah insisted that beginning with the 68th graduation, all graduands will be mandated to procure the customised graduation gowns.

Phiona Nyamutoro, a former Makerere University Council Member, says the university council was concerned with the material of the gown, its design and the price.

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Ester Barungi, a graduand from Makerere University Business School (MUBS), told URN that the price is okay since she's buying the Makerere brand.

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Meanwhile outside Makerere University, several traders dealing in gown business are concerned that the university never advertised for them to bid. Several of the traders who spoke to URN say many students were running for the branded gowns.

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University authorities say that Team Uniform, a tailoring company was contracted to supply academic gowns for this year's graduation ceremony. 

 

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Davidson Ndyabahika
Davidson Ndyabahika is a Journalism major from Makerere University and is passionate about investigative and data journalism with special interest in feature story telling.

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