“I am very happy that this day has been a tremendous success. Earlier today, and all through the days leading to this graduation, I have been worrying about how it would turn out, this being our inaugural virtual graduation ceremony. But as I stand here, I’m very happy that we have successfully conducted this graduation, and that we managed to finish in good time.”
These were sentiments by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, during the Chancellor’s luncheon held after the 35th JKUAT and 6th PAUSTI joint graduation ceremony, Friday, December 18, 2020. The graduation saw a total of 2, 688 students conferred with degrees and awarded diplomas.
Citing the unique and unprecedented circumstances under which the graduation was held, Prof. Ngumi expressed her gratitude to all staff, graduates, and stakeholders for tirelessly working towards making the graduation a success.
“Through the coordinated work by our Communication team, media partners, and the graduation committee, we successfully pulled off the virtual graduation, and had all our graduating students feel part and parcel of the process. This is a very significant feat, ” she added.
Echoing her sentiments, the University Council Chair, Amb. Mahboub Maalim, thanked the University community for the team work that led to the successful graduation.
“This was my first graduation as Chair of Council, and I have seen first hand the tremendous work that went into making this the success it has turned out to be.” He further urged the University community to continue working as a cohesive unit to maintain the institution’s reputation as a trendsetter in the Higher Education space.
“This is a great University. It is a giant, and as Council, we are here to guide, to be guided in equal measure, to compare notes, and ultimately take the institution to greater heights. I am ready to work with the Chancellor, the management led by the Vice Chancellor, and the entire University community towards achieving that,” he asserted.
The University Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Mathu Ndung’u, while equally expressing his felicitations on the successful graduation, challenged the University community to look to 2021 as the year where they move the institution a notch higher.
“We’re in the midst of a pandemic, and what this means is that we must be on the lookout for opportunities that can be exploited. With dwindling capitation to Universities, we must look into more areas of strategic partnerships and leverage on the invaluable human capital, research, innovation and technological capacities that this University has to not only make national impact, but also regional and global impact,” he implored.
The virtual graduation ceremony was streamed live on KTN Home, and across social media platforms, with the entire ceremony taking a record two hours and thirty minutes. Graduands logged in and followed the proceedings through the communication platform, Microsoft Teams, and were for the first time conferred with degrees and awarded diplomas virtually. Congratulations to the graduates!