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Nkumba University Adds 1,857 Graduates to the Job Market

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Under the theme “Positioning Oneself for Excellence in the 21st Century,” Nkumba University commemorated its 25th Graduation Yesterday, October 26, 2023, at the University’s main campus in Entebbe where 1,857 graduated with Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates.

Presiding over the ceremony was the University Chancellor, PDG Emmanuel Katongole who began by constituting the 25th Congregation of Nkumba University before invoking his authority to confer academic awards upon Graduands.


University Chancellor, PDG Emmanuel Katongole reciting the conferment of Doctorate of letters before the recipient, Gen. Katumba Wamala.

53% of the graduands were females and males accounted for the remaining 47%. 15 were awarded Doctorates, 236 Masters, 185 Postgraduate Diplomas, 997 Bachelor’s degrees, 247 Diplomas, and 177 certificates.

The event drew nearly 10,000 people, including government officials, dignitaries from the Buganda Kingdom, religious leaders, and guests from other Academic institutions.

High-profile figures including Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja, the Prime Minister of Uganda, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala, the Minister of Works and Transport, Hon. Rafael Magyezi, the Minister for Local Government, and Owek. Eng. John Baptist Walusimbi, the former Katikiro of Buganda, attended the historic ceremony.

(L-R) Chancellor-Emmanuel Katongole, Chief Guest-Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja and Ssonko Jackson the Alumni president Pause for a photo//Joshua Bileete

Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja was the Chief Guest at the ceremony where she was also awarded a Master of Arts Degree in Monitoring and Evaluation.

In her address, she commended Nkumba University’s commitment to providing quality higher education and pledged government support for the institution.

” I would like to especially commend Nkumba University’s commitment to promoting and providing quality higher education to the citizens of Uganda,” said Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja adding that “Government will endeavor to support the University whenever possible.”

As a graduate, the Prime Minister thanked her lecturers and University management for guiding her during her academic escapade, “I am very grateful for the immense support I have received as a student of Nkumba University.”

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Jude Lubega, expressed gratitude for the Prime Minister’s exemplary academic journey and acknowledged the support of staff, parents, and guardians in nurturing the graduates.

Gen. Katumba Wamala (2nd-L) moments after being conferred with a Doctorate of letters // Joshua Bileete

Prof. Jude encouraged graduates to leverage networking if they are to excel in the 21st century, “I implore you to connect with influential alumni and build meaningful relationships. These connections can provide insights, mentorship, and even job referrals that might not be advertised in the labor market.” said Pro. Jude Lubega.

The Minister of Works and Transport, Hon. Edward Katumba Wamala, received an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of his significant contributions to his community and the nation.

Among the standout graduates, Dan Kibuuka Kiguli, a Master of Science in Natural Resources graduate was the best master’s student posting a 4.81 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA). Kandali Pius was the top performer at the bachelor’s level, and Mayep Majok Deng, the Captain of the Nkumba Marines Basketball team, received the Palle Moeller award for excelling in academics and co-curricular activities.


Dan Kibuuka, best masters student (middle) shaking hands with the prime minister // Wakyosi Timothy

University Chancellor PDG Emmanuel Katongole urged the graduates to remain connected to Nkumba University, emphasizing their role as alumni in supporting and uplifting their alma mater.

This year’s graduation marked a significant increase compared to last year’s 1432 with 425 more graduates.

Mace Bearer Mira Verstraete continuing student, leading the Graduation procession // Photo by Wakyosi Timothy.
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Simon Peter Nashonji
Simon Peter Nashonji
Nashonji Simon Peter is a dynamic and multi-faceted team leader, renowned for his exceptional interpersonal skills. Having graduated with a Diploma in Journalism, Nashonji is on the cusp of completing his Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Public Relations at Nkumba University. He picked his niche and started writing with Chimp Reports in 2018. Since then, he has authored and published over 500 articles that cover Business trends, Politics, Health, Sports, and Environment. To master his craft, Nashonji offered to volunteer as an Editor of Nkumba University's News Website in 2022, a position he has held to date. On 1st July 2023, He joined the Editorial team of Ubuntu’ Magazine, a Rotary District 9214 (Uganda and Tazania) Monthly News product. Beyond the realm of academia, Nashonji is deeply involved in the governance of Airforce Senior Secondary School his Alma Mata, where he serves as a member on the Board of Directors. He is currently, the President Airforce S.S.S Alumni Society, President Samia Student's Association of Nkumba University and at the same time President of the Media Challenge Fellowship, 2023 cohort. "Opportunities multiply as they are seized and only dwindle when neglected."


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