Over 200 graduate from Bishop Barharm University Kabale
By Nathan Bahangwa
Kabale – Bishop Barham College of Uganda Christian University held its first post Covid-19 graduation passing out 270 students from 38 different academic courses.
The Kabale-based institution last held its graduation ceremony at home in Kabale municipality in October 2019, and the following schedule was interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic that forced the government to suspend mass gatherings including physical education activities.
Consequently, all other graduations have been held from the headquarters in Mukono and the previous BBUC graduands have been contrived to travel to the main campus, while others participated virtually because of the expenses involved, especially on transport.
However, while officiating at Saturdays ceremony at Rugarama hill, the UCU Vice Chancellor Prof. Aaron Mushengyezi explained that all UCU colleges had officially been cleared to resume periodic graduation ceremonies.
Prof. Mushengyezi urged the BBUC graduates to protect the good name of UCU by behaving well and performing excellently wherever they will be placed for employment.
“Uganda Christian University is known for its good name and excellence, therefore we request you to protect and maintain that brand wherever you go,” he said.
The chief guest, Kampala-based dental surgeon Dr. Brian Rushaju, also implored the graduates to contribute efforts in the socio-economic transformation of Uganda and Africa at large through innovations and creativity.
The BBUC Principal Dr. Alice Jossy Kyobutungi, used the opportunity to recognize partners who had tremendously contributed to the growth, development and sustainability of the institution.
Notable among them is businessman Musinguzi Garuga who reportedly donated Ugx100m to the institution in sponsorship of 100 students from the Kigezi sub-region.
“Special thanks go to academic sponsors for our students including Compassion International, sponsors from Canada and U.S and U.K, former and current headteacher Bubare S.S, and in a special way, we thank Musinguzi Garuga who donated Ugx100m to sponsor some students from Kigezi sub-region.”
Out of the 270 students who graduated in different degree, diploma and certificate programs, 164 were males, while 106 were females.
Five students including the Rukiga district Speaker of Council, Oscar Akampurira attained a first class degree, and Wallnetnew’s very own Nathan Bahangwa.