Uganda: 810 Graduate From St Lawrence University

Graduands and parents of St Lawrence University yesterday survived the embarrassment of turning up for a postponed graduation after Court on Wednesday lifted an injunction which had earlier been placed against it.

According to the university proprietor, Mr Lawrence Mukiibi, the function would not have taken place yesterday had the administrators not challenged a Court order from Buganda Road court to block the ceremony yesterday.

“I must thank the university deputy vice chancellor in charge of finance and administration and the bursar for working tirelessly hard yesterday (Wednesday to ensure that the court injunction against this graduation ceremony was lifted,” he told Daily Monitor.

A source revealed to this newspaper that 50 students who were excluded from yesterday’s ceremony that saw 810 walk away with certificates, diplomas and degrees, dragged the University to Buganda Road Court upon learning that the course units they have been studying had not been accredited.

However, Mr Mukiibi said the matter had been resolved and within a short time these students would also graduate.

“You need to understand how the Uganda National Council of Higher Education accredits courses. It is done in an incremental manner after you have submitted so many assignments,” he said.

At the graduation ceremony, Vice President Edward Sekandi, who is also the university said St Lawrence University is a product of liberalisation of the higher education sector with a uniqueness of being a-down-to-earth university providing the market demands, with a solid foundation of well-grounded professionals running it.

“The basis of the university’s success lies on the good brains of pragmatism behind the university management, comprising of the vice chancellors, professors, lecturers and support staff with vast education and vast experience,” Mr Ssekandi said.