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Convocation 2019: Class of 2023 welcomed to Strathmore University

Representatives of the Class of 2023 with members of the Management Board and office of the Pro-Chancellor, Chaplains, Deans, and the 11th Student Council.

Students of the 2019 intake were officially welcomed to Strathmore University with the New Students’ Convocation Ceremony on Friday, 27th September 2019 at the Graduation Square. With this the Class of 2023 officially commenced their journey through Strathmore University.

The ceremony began with Holy Mass, and proceeded to the graduation square where the class of 2023 was admitted to the University by the Vice Chancellor.

“As the newest members of our community, you are our pride and joy! We shall prepare you for professional careers. We shall prepare you to be exemplary citizens among your peers. We shall develop you into world changers. I wish you an inspiring and fulfilling journey of intellectual discovery and true personal growth,” said Prof. John Odhiambo, Vice Chancellor, Strathmore University.

Student Council President

The President of the 11th Strathmore Student’s Council, Shannon Mujera, while welcoming the new students, said, “Strathmore is the home of champions; from winning international moot competition to participating in international sports activities. You are in the right place. You have a purpose here.”

The class of 2023 had the privilege of listening to Laura Cliff, a Strathmore alumna, who spoke of her pride at having been a product of the University. “Here I learnt the virtues of integrity, hardwork and to uphold the highest regard to humanity. I found my life partner on Strathmore grounds. Find balance between study and extracurricular activities.”

Speaking on this year’s theme of excellence, Prof. Christine Gichure, former Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, said, “Here at Strathmore, we live excellence in the ordinary things we do each day; getting to class on time, handing in assignments before deadlines.”

First convocation ceremony

The first convocation ceremony was held in 2017. The ceremony introduces new students to the rigorous academic life of the university, and the opportunities, responsibilities and resources available to assist them with connecting with the community of their peers and the larger campus.

“It is my hope and prayer you will grow in honesty, authenticity, the courage to stand up to what is right and the ability to stand up to the values you hold. We live in a world where there is a need for a serious dose of integrity,” said Rev. Dr. Silvano Ochuodho, the Pro-Chancellor.

Each student received a “class of 2023” pin and an academic cord as memorabilia which they are to retain until graduation day. The honour code represents a commitment to achieve academic excellence.


This article was compiled by Wambui Gachari. 

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