African Rural University has today held yet another graduation ceremony in her peruse to transform rural areas. The colorful ceremony took place on the 17th November 2017 at ARU main campus in Kagadi, western Uganda. Like in any other University, the Guild and other ARU Students lead the Chancellor’s Procession to the graduation grounds.
In his speech, the ARU Chancellor His Lordship Hon. Justice Ezekiel Muhanguzi congratulated the Graduands, University Council and the entire faculty of Technologies for Rural Transformation upon achieving this milestone for the 3rd time. He emphasized on the theme of of the day which is Individual Responsibility in Rural Transformation. He said that in order for the graduands to effectively transform their families and communities, each of them must be transformed first before transforming others.
First be transformed and I believe this is what has been taking place while you are here at the University. Do not aspire to change others when you have not changed yourself. What is your individual responsibility? It begins with the persons very close to you, your family. If your family or home is not transformed how will the community be transformed? So your immediate responsibility is to transform your family and home then you can move out to the neighbors and your village, says Justice Ezekiel Muhanguzi.
14 graduands were presented by the Faculty Dean Mr. Ben Niwagaba for the award and conferment of degrees. 7 graduands were awarded Certificates in Rural Entrepreneurship and Business Management and 7 graduands were awarded degrees in Rural Development.
All the graduates of ARU get absorbed immediately by Uganda Rural Development and Training Programme to work at the Lower Government (Local Concil III) as Epicenter Managers where they effect change in communities through using the visionary approach to development.
Justice Ezekiel also extended his sincere appreciation to the Government of Uganda and other partners of African Rural University for the continued support and favorable working environment they provided and continue to provide to this University. “We pledge as a University to continue working closely with you and contribute to achieving rural development and achieving the Uganda Vision 2040. On a special note he thanked ARU major partners and supporters especially the African Food and Peace Foundation providing unfailing support and pledged not to let them down and continue producing useful graduates who are change agents and change makers for rural development in Uganda.