There was excitement today 18th November 2016 as African Rural University passed out other 12 students at her 2nd graduation ceremony held at the University Campus in Kagadi Town Council Kagadi district. Six Students receive Bachelor’s Degree in Rural Development and six others received Certificates in Rural Entrepreneurship and Business Management.
As it is the norm in Academics, African Rural University assistant Academic registrar Ms. Florence Ndibuuza called upon the the Faculty Dean Mr. Ben Nuwagaba to present the Graduands for the award of Certificates and Conferment of Degrees by the Chancellor.
The lead celebrant of the congregation was Hon. Justice Ezekiel Muhanguzi, Chancellor African Rural University. He urged the graduands to be ambassadors of ARU wherever they are going to be from the day of graduation onwards. He added that as ARU graduates, they have the responsibility to demonstrate visionary leadership at the individual, family, and society, national and global levels. “You are one of the very few who have been trained to the level of certificate or bachelor’s degree in working with the principles of the creative process, systems thinking and sustainable development”, says the Chancellor.
He further said that Whereas many graduates in the world do not see opportunities in the rural areas, the graduates should seize those opportunities, enroll others on the basis of their aspirations and concretized vision so that they can together make the rural areas a magnet attractive enough for other youth to seize the abundant opportunities that are untapped in the rural areas at the moment.
The Chancellor advised parents of the graduands to give them the support they need to realize their aspirations and to facilitate the realization of aspirations of other communities. He also requested parents to share ideas with the graduands, engage the graduate to have transformation in their own household, their neighborhood and the rest of the community.
Finally, Justice Ezekiel urged the government of Uganda to take keen interest of the innovations and higher education training at African Rural University.