A Record 5854 Graduate at JKUAT During 38th Graduation Ceremony

Chancellor, Prof. Ndung’u reading his speech

A record 5854 graduates were conferred degrees and awarded diplomas by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Mathu Ndung’u, during the 38th graduation ceremony.

During the ceremony held on June 28, 2022, 47 PhDs, 468 masters’, 94 post graduate diplomas, 4634 bachelors’, 379 diplomas and 233 certificates were conferred and awarded.

The 38th graduation ceremony saw JKUAT present the first ever valedictorian of their graduation.

In his speech, the Chancellor was full of optimism towards the caliber of graduates the University had produced.

“I stand before you today, looking back with pride and satisfaction at all the years of hard work that has culminated in this 38th Graduation Ceremony. I know without a doubt, that it has been a journey of resilience, consistency, and determination,” said Prof. Ndung’u.

The Chancellor lauded JKUAT for continuously proving the University’s mettle in research by competing with the best globally.

Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi adressing the congregation

“In living true to her identity as a research institution, JKUAT continues to be a trend setter in quality research and innovation. Recently, 122 researchers drawn from all our five colleges made it to the 2022 top 1,000 scientists on the global Alper-Doger Scientific Index ranking,” said Prof. Ndung’u.

In his efforts to strengthen JKUAT’s research capacity, Prof. Ndung’u revealed that serving as the current Kenyan Executive Director of Find organization has enabled him to closely work with JKUAT researchers to mobilize research funds which he further revealed, now stands at a magnitude of Ksh. 300,000,000.

He lauded JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi for steering the University towards entrepreneurship with her strong leadership skills saying that the elder of burnings spear recently awarded to her by President Uhuru Kenyatta was well deserved.

The Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education, Prof. George Magoha said he is confident that JKUAT has produced holistic students who will go and impact the society.

JKUAT Chair of Council, Amb. Mahboub Maalim makes his remarks

“I am confident that the training these graduands have undergone is in conformity with regulatory requirements and aligned to current market demands to ensure that the knowledge, skills and attitudes gained are competitive,” said Prof. Magoha in a speech read on his behalf by Alfred Cheruiyot, Principal Secretary, State Department for Post Training and Skills and Development.

While decrying the disruptions brought about by Covid-19 pandemic, Prof. Magoha lauded JKUAT for maintaining a string of measures that were put in place by Ministry of Health to control the pandemic such as the use of information technology in teaching and learning.

Prof. Magoha thanked JKUAT for leading the efforts in bid to embrace the use of green energy.

“I am particularly impressed with the project in Narok County that will power Olderkesi village with reliable renewable energy supply.  I am pleased that this initiative will promote the use of clean renewable energy in line with government efforts to mitigate effects of climate change,” said Prof. Magoha.

PhD graduands adjust their tussles after conferment of degree

In her speech, JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Victoria Wambui Ngumi, had a warm congratulatory message for the graduates.

“I am confident the achievements we celebrate today will open doors of opportunities, both locally and internationally. You have been adequately prepared to face the dynamic labour market. We have trained you well and expect that you will conduct yourselves with integrity and professionalism,” said Prof. Ngumi.

Prof. Ngumi was confident that the University’s quality training and infrastructure has set up the graduands to succeed in the dynamic industry.

“I wish to assure you that the graduands have been exposed to quality training blending both physical and online approach to enable them adapt to the increasingly dynamic work environment,” said Prof. Ngumi.

In keeping with the University’s mission of offering accessible quality training, research, innovation and entrepreneurship, Prof. Ngumi reported that the University has launched three new programmes, namely, Bachelor of Science in Nautical Science, Master of Clinical Medicine in Oncology and Master of Science in Sanitation.

She stated the new programmes were developed to address increasing demand in the disciplines, as well as support the Government’s development agenda in Health and Blue Economy

The Vice Chancellor expressed her gratitude to various partners who have complemented the University’s research and entrepreneurial bid.

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