2021 Graduation: Two Faculty Members admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy Degree
On December 3, the excitement of the Day 2 graduation cohort could be seen, heard, and deeply felt. The ceremony that wrapped up the 2021 graduation, hosted graduates from two undergraduate faculties – School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Law School – and graduates from the School of Graduate Studies. The 2021 graduation, carried out in two days, marked the conferment of 790 undergraduate degrees and 241 master’s degrees with 6% representing international students.
Furthermore, two faculty members joined the doctorate degree ranks after they were admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy degree of Strathmore University: Dr. Geoffrey Ikavulu Injeni – Doctor of Philosophy (Accounting and Finance) – and Dr. Diana Kageha Ominde, Doctor of Philosophy (Business and Management), both from the Strathmore University Business School.
Other staff members graduated with various masters degrees: Sandra Nyanchama and Yvonne Nduta Kinini, both from Legal Department – Master of Laws; Anne Olwal, School of Humanities and Social Science – Master of Applied Philosophy and Ethics; Jude Mido, School of Computing and Engineering Sciences – Master of Science in Information Technology; Maureen Gate, George Muchiri, Fiona Wachira, Pius Mathii, Kenneth Sila, all from iLabAfrica – Master of Science in Information Systems Security.
Cream of the crop
At the tail end of the ceremony, the top students in academic, leadership and extracurricular activities were feted.
Jeff Obonyo, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree, drew heartfelt applause from the crowd as he walked to the podium to receive this year’s Community Outreach Programme award. Jeff, who first came into contact with Strathmore through the Macheo programme, used his time, skills, talents, and experience to enlighten and encourage younger students. Furthermore, he has been an avid member of the Drama club – DRAMSOC and has supported fellow students in their community outreach initiatives.
Richard Momanyi (Bachelor of Arts in International Studies) who plays as a utility player in the handball team received the sportsperson of the year award. In his time at Strathmore, he led his team to top positions in local tournaments and represented Kenya in the national team in the international federation trophy for Africa where they won Bronze.
Vianney Sebayyiga, from Uganda, became the first international student to receive the coveted Chancellor’s award. Apart from graduating as the top male student in the SLS class of 2021, during his four years at Strathmore, his leadership skills and selfless dedication to the needs of others was evident through the many activities he took part in: Strathmore Law Clinic, academic representative in the Student Council, and several publications in the Strathmore Law School.
Shekinah Wanjiku received the Esther Kidambi excellence in service award, an award given to one School of Tourism and Hospitality student who exemplifies selflessness, service with a smile, and consistency in self-giving.
The Academic Excellence Award is given to the best overall student in each Faculty/School. The awarded students should have excelled in the University examinations and been outstanding in the marks for all the examinations for the four year undergraduate programmes.
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Strathmore Business School
RAVJI, Patel Jinita
Institute of Mathematical Sciences
OLUOCH, Lucille Mujaw
Strathmore Law School
TIMAMY, Mdathir Issa
School of Tourism and Hospitality
MUNENE, Martha Muthoni
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
ONYANGO, Chelsea Rachel Atieno
School of Computing and Engineering Sciences
WANYEE, Stephen Kamau
This article was written by Wambui Gachari
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