The President, Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi, was among dozens of dignitaries who witnessed the University of Botswana turn a new leaf in the way it organised this year’s graduation ceremony.
This year marked the 37th graduation ceremony and for the first since its establishment in 1982, the event was held in the University of Botswana state-of-the-art Campus Indoor Sports Centre.
The graduation which was divided into three sessions, kicked off on the morning of October 10, 2019 with 1002 students graduating from the faculties of Business and Social Sciences.
Former Judge of the International Criminal Court and now Judge of the Southern African Development Community Administrative Tribunal, Justice Sanji Monageng, delivered an impassioned speech, urging the graduates to face the harsh realities of life with renewed hope.
“These may seem insurmountable, but it is my firm belief that you have received an education that offers you … celestial potential that will be a catalyst for creativity that is not only personal, but is potent enough to impact on the lives of others,” said justice Monageng.
In the afternoon of the same day, a second cohort of 778 students graduated from the faculties Education and Humanities The guest speaker was Dr Mothusi Phuthego, Awil College Chief executive and Co-Founder, who advised the graduates to adapt to a new world order driven by digital technology - the fourth industrial revolution.
Dr Phuthego’s message was in line with this year’s theme – Education for Economic Diversification: Towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution- and he impressed upon the graduates to take advantage of the opportunities brought about by technology to better their lives and develop the country.
The last batch of 544 students from the faculties of Science, Medicine, Health Sciences, Engineering and Technology graduates graduated on October 11, 2019. The guest speaker was Professor Sesae Mpuchane, a former Head of the Department of Biological Sciences and Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Botswana.
Professor Mpuchane spoke at length about the need to remodel the country’s education system to take into account the technological advances precipitated by the fourth industrial revolution. Professor Mpuchane young people deserved better and gone were the days when technology was the preserve of a few.
Overall, a record 24 graduates were conferred PhD, 350 MPhil, Masters and Post Graduate Diplomas, 1 821 Degrees and 259 Diploma.
Apart from the president, other dignitaries who graced the occasion were the Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Alfred Madigele, members of the diplomatic corps, captains of industry and some prominent members of the public.