This year’s graduation will be conducted virtually to observe the Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs prevent the spread of Covid-19. However, only PhD graduands will be expected to be present at Freedom Square.
A cross section of students of Makerere
University have expressed reactions to next week’s first-ever virtual
The 71st graduation ceremony will take place from Monday, May 17- 21. Previously,
graduation ceremonies were held at freedom square on the campus. Scenes of
students celebrating with their parents were a common sight.
However, this year’s graduation will be conducted virtually to
observe the Standard Operating Procedures- SOPs prevent the spread of Covid-19. However,
only PhD graduands will be expected to be present at Freedom Square.
The ceremony will be broadcast live on television and streamed on the university's online social media networks platforms including Facebook, Youtube
Although the graduands agree that holding a physical graduation is a
threat to their health, the virtual ceremony has cut short their expectations.
Nankya Zena, who will graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Commerce
from Makerere University Business School, says that it is sad that her parents
and friends will not be present to celebrate her success. Zena says that her
friends and relatives had planned to accompany her to the ceremony.
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Nakiggude Jamila pursuing a Bachelor in Business Administration
notes that it is unfortunate that the ceremony will be conducted virtually. She says that she will miss the physical graduation
because it would have been the last time to meet her former classmates.
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Alex Arinaitwe from the School of Psychology says that the virtual
graduation has saved him the costs of acquiring a graduation gown.
“Right now I find acquiring a gown a luxury. It wouldn’t be
necessary for me to wear it at home. Let me just wait for my transcript,” he
Following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, several universities have held
virtual graduation ceremonies. Some of the universities include Uganda
Christian University, Islamic University in Uganda and Busitema University