Strathmore University Class of 2019 Graduates
It was a long-awaited day for the Strathmore University Class of 2019; the graduands accompanied by family and friends congregated at the Graduation Square. Everyone’s beaming smiles encapsulated the deep feelings of accomplishment as the graduands reminisced on the effort they put in to reaching this moment.
The joyous occasion had a total of 1001 students who were conferred with their academic degrees. Amongst them were 768 undergraduates, 230 Masters and 3 Doctor of Philosophy degrees (PhD). 54% of the graduates were female.
Strathmore University Chairperson Mrs. Bernadette Musundi saluted the achievers and wished them all the best in their various professions. “The journey is rough and tough; but the reward is well worth it after a thousand steps and many tears,” she said.
Keep Strathmore’s flag high
She urged them to keep the Strathmore’s flag high and wear the badge of integrity and humility as a guide in all their undertakings.
The University Vice Chancellor Prof. John Odhiambo congratulated and acknowledged the contributions of the lecturers, mentors, and other staff who contributed to this success. He thereafter congratulated the student’s achievements in international competitions that are designed to stretch the talents, creativity and innovative capabilities of contestants to extreme limits of excellence, such as the team from Strathmore Law School that won the 17th John H Jackson Moot Court on World Trade Organization (WTO) Law in Geneva Switzerland a first for Africa.
“There can be no excellence without integrity,” said Strathmore University Pro-Chancellor Rev. Dr. Silvano Ochuodho before he conferred the 1001 graduates their degrees.
The Valedictorian speech was given by Kennedy Mumo Kyengo a graduate in the Bachelor of Science in Informatics and Computer Science on behalf of the 2019 class. He shared three key insights on how to achieve greatness: Think different; Be risk takers; Be persistent.
Cynthia Wambui Muchiru was awarded the Chancellor’s award. The award is given to the best overall undergraduate student (on recommendation from lecturers, tutors, directors of sports and classmates) who made a significant contribution to the university by demonstrating leadership, discipline and exemplary conduct in both academic and student life at the University while maintaining an excellent academic record.
Lastly, the top students were awarded for their academic excellence witth the Dean’s Awards. The top students in each discipline included: Stephanie Njeri – Strathmore Business School: Cynthia Wambui – Faculty of Information Technology: Jeffrey Mutuma – Strathmore Institute of Mathematical Science: Andrew Valentino – Strathmore Law School: Diana Akinyi Odhiambo – School of Tourism and Hospitality.
The sports award was given to Dianah Marion Akinyi for her achievements and contribution to sports. Simon Ng’etich was awarded the Community Service Award while Dennis Mutua was given the Esther Kidambi award.
The guests got entertained by the Strathmore University Chorale with a golden favorite known as Si nguo as the university marked its 15th graduation ceremony.
Strathmore University wishes the class of 2019 all the best.
This article was written by Tuzo Jonathan.
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