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UB, BUAN graduate 2 753 students this year

UB, BUAN graduate 2 753 students this year

Dated : 16.10.2017


A total of 2 753 students have graduated from the University of Botswana and Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN) this year. The graduates were conferred their degrees and diplomas by the newly inaugurated University of Botswana Chancellor, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi, at the 35th Joint Graduation Ceremony of the UB and BUAN at the UB Stadium on October 14, 2017.
 
Of the 2 753 graduates, 2 467 were from UB comprising 14 PhDs, 189 Masters’ Degrees, 1 898 undergraduate degrees, 249 PGCD and 117 diplomas. From BUAN, there were 286 graduates comprising nine Masters’ Degrees, 226 undergraduate degrees and 51 diplomas.
 
Speaking at the ceremony, Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Moahi, said the inauguration of the Chancellor and the joint graduation ceremony of the two institutions were a major milestone that could not pass unrecognised. The two events demonstrate dedication of self to duty and the nation, she said.
 
Professor Moahi commended the graduates for the sterling performance they exhibited while they were students at UB and BUAN for the past five years. She said the graduation symbolised the culmination of the selfless efforts and collective efforts of students, parents, teachers at UB and BUAN.
 
“The graduating class of 2017 leaves the University with an inherent value of putting their countries first in all that they do, a value they see displayed by their Chancellor and those before him,” observed Professor Moahi.
 
The Acting Vice Chancellor urged the graduates to be responsible citizens and to work towards making their communities and country proud. “Use your skills to empower yourselves and others. Create employment, and reduce looking for employment. The world is open for you,” said Professor Moahi. 
 
She further advised them not to make the University of Botswana and Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources their past. Instead, she said as you prospered, they should come back to be the best alumni and support their alma mater.
 
Speaking at the same occasion, this year’s valedictorian, Ms Deborah Mosothwa, said their graduation was a result of hard work and perseverance. Ms Mosothwane advised fellow graduates that as they began another chapter of their lives, they should remember that academic success would be meaningless if they failed to help others succeed.
 
“True success, we are told, means influencing others to do the right thing as well as putting into practice what we have learnt in our various fields of study. True success should be seen in our individual lives, our contributions in our societies and in adding value to the economies of our beloved countries through creative and innovative ideas,” said Ms Mosothwane.
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