Graduands had to brave the rain to make it to Freedom Square at Makerere University as the 67th graduation ceremony entered day two. As expected prices of goods such as umbrellas shot up and ranged between 7000 and 20,000 shillings. A group of students stationed at different entrances targeted anyone with mud on their shoes. Those without vehicles had to pay between 1,000 and 2,000 shillings to have their shoes cleaned.
Up to 34 students were awarded Doctoral degrees-PhD. 10 PhD students graduated from College of Natural Sciences, 10 students from College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, six from College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology and eight students from the College of Education and External Studies.
Makerere University has run out of customised graduation gowns ahead of the 67th graduation ceremony that starts tomorrow. The university had set the price at shillings 75,000 but tailors in Wandegeya counterfeited the gown and set their price at 65,000 to attract buyers.
The Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba Ssentamu has denied approving 300 million Shillings for an investigation into alleged alteration of marks and awarding fake degrees two years ago.
His reinstatement comes a day after he coordinated and assisted the university in retrieving results and scripts of over 200 students from his colleague David Opiro, who confiscated them over unpaid arrears.
The University Chancellor, Prof. Mondo Kagonyera, while presiding over at the graduation ceremony praised the University, especially the college of engineering, art and design for its efforts in designing the energy-efficient car, the Kiira EV last year.